England vs Australia: The Key Battles

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England vs Australia: The Key Battles
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Hostilities resume between England and the Wallabies at Twickenham on Saturday, with England looking to avenge last November’s reverse.

Australia arrive here after a torrid time in the Rugby Championship but off the back of a decent display in a 41-33 defeat to the All Blacks.

New players and combinations are beginning to find their feet under new coach Ewen McKenzie, and after a few weeks of tough Test rugby, they are arguably more prepared for this clash than the home side. They caught England cold last season under similar circumstances.

Stuart Lancaster gives full home debuts to Billy Vunipola, Joel Tomkins and Marland Yarde while James Horwill has been stripped of the Australian captaincy in favour of No. 8 Ben Mowen, in order for the lock to focus on improving what McKenzie has described as poor recent form.

Let’s have a look at the crucial head to heads.




Israel Folau, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Tevita Kuridrani, Matt Toomua, Nick Cummins, Quade Cooper, Will Genia, James Slipper, Stephen Moore, Ben Alexander, Sitaleki Timani, James Horwill, Scott Fardy, Michael Hooper, Ben Mowen

Replacements: Saia Fainga’a, Benn Robinson, Sekope Kepu, Kane Douglas, Ben McCalman, Nic White, Christian Lealiifano, Bernard Foley.



Mike Brown, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde, Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson, Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola

Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Joe Marler, David Wilson, Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Ben Foden


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