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England look for tour victory in Melbourne

England vs Asutralia

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the starting line-up as his side prepare for their second test against Australia in Melbourne on Saturday 18 June.

George Ford moves to fly-half, leaving Owen Farrell to drift to inside centre, whilst winger Jack Nowell reclaims his spot on the wing.

Unsurprisingly the forward pack bears no difference, man-of-the-match James Haskell cementing his role in the back row after a dominant performance last week. The Wasps captain topped the tackle charts, completing a monstrous 18 throughout the 80 minutes.

Meanwhile in the Australian camp, Cheika has made four changes to his pack, including a first home start for Sean McMahon, who replaces Pocock at Number 8. Greg Holmes and Scott Sio make way for Sekope Kepu and James Slipper, while Sam Carter moves in at Lock.

England made history last week after recording a 38-29 win over the Wallabies – just the fourth time  they’ve been beaten on home soil. Of course, a win this Saturday will reward them with the tour victory, and also preserve Head Coach Jones’s unbeaten record with the England side. Speaking to Sky Sports, Eddie Jones said:

“As soon as we came off the field in Brisbane our thoughts turned to Melbourne and I’m pleased with how we’ve prepared as the week has progressed.”

“We weren’t satisfied with last weekend’s performance and we know there’s lots to improve on, particularly aspects of our defence and breakdown work, which we’re confident we’ve remedied.”

In regards to the changes in the back line, he added: “It’s a 23 that suits the way we want to play at AAMI Park. George and Owen playing together gives us two great kicking options and Jack is a high work-rate player.”

England: 15.Mike Brown, 14.Anthony Watson, 13.Jonathan Joseph, 12.Owen Farrell, 11.Jack Nowell, 10.George Ford, 9.Ben Youngs, 1.Mako Vunipola, 2.Dylan Hartley, 3.Dan Cole, 4.Maro Itoje, 5.George Kruis, 6.Chris Robshaw, 7.James Haskell, 8.Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Jack Clifford, Danny Care, Elliot Daly

Australia: 15.Israel Folau; 14.Dane Haylett-Petty, 13.Tevita Kuridrani, 12.Samu Kerevi, 11.Rob Horne; 10.Bernard Foley, 9.Nick Phipps; 1.James Slipper, 2.Stephen Moore (capt), 3.Sekope Kepu, 4.Rory Arnold, 5.Sam Carter, 6.Scott Fardy, 7.Michael Hooper, 8.Sean McMahon.



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