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Test Preview – England v Australia

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England will finish their November test series against Australia this weekend.

They had the better of the Aussies since their tour last year in Australia and it does not help that Australia have had an even worst year in 2018.

With the World Cup getting closer these test matches becomes more and more important and maybe more so for Australia.

After this test the Aussies only have the shorten Rugby Championships left before the show piece in Japan next year.

Although there was speculations that Wallaby star David Pocock will not be available, Aussie coach Cheika included him in the starting line-up.

Pocock had limited training this week but he has showed enough to be included in the team.

Veteran tighthead Kepu also return to the starting lineup for the fist time since August.

The biggest shock in Cheika’s selection has been that Beale are left out of the team.

Will Genia will reach the millstone in playing his 100th test for the Wallabies.

England coach, Jones has also provided a shock in selecting Jamie George in his starting fifteen in front of his co captain Hartley who will come off the bench.

England has picked one of their strongest squads in recent times and it will take a massive effort from a struggling Aussie side to come away with the win.

England defensive system has been improving every game since Mitchell come on board and tactically they are brilliant in their game management.

Farrell will play a vital roll and has been brilliant in controlling the game from the number ten jumper.

Upfront the English squad is solid and with Underhill they looked like a more complete unit in the loose as well.

Prediction: Aussie will come with a massive effort but England is about 10 points better than them.

Teams:

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ben Te’o, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Mark Wilson, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Brad Shields, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ben Moon
Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Jack Maddocks, 10 Matt Toomua, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Jack Dempsey, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Tolu Latu, 1 Scott Sio
Replacements: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 Jermaine Ainsley, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Ned Hanigan, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Sefa Naivalu

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  1. Yes Beale is left out along with Ashley-Cooper for their misdemeanors in Wales. Eddie should be sending the ladies involved some roses as this has just made England’s task a little easier at Twickenham on Saturday. I laughed at a post on another site where the blogger said he wanted both sides to lose – maybe a drawn result will suit us neutrals best?

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  2. Farrell a dirty little bugger. Saw it ages ago.

    How he is allowed to get away with it is beyond me. Problem is if a Bok had to do the same thing in return, and iron him out, they’d cry blue bloody murder.

    It’s total bullshit. The TMO needs to step in, particularly in front of home crowds.

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