ENGLAND are looking to save their series in Australia with victory in the second test Down Under.
Eddie Jones' team suffered a humiliating 30-28 defeat in Perth last week to a Wallabies team who played more than half the match with 14 men.
Darcy Swain was sent off for a headbutt on Jonny Hill with England leading 6-3 at the time.
However, the Aussies would go on to run in three tries despite the man disadvantage to take a series lead.
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What time does Australia vs England kick off?
- Australia take on England on Saturday, July 9.
- The match kicks off at 10.55am UK time.
- It takes place at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.
What TV channel is Australia vs England on and can I live stream it?
- Australia vs England is live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action.
- Coverage commences at 10.15am – 40 minutes before kick-off.
- To stream the game live, head to Now TV or Sky Go.
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Guy Porter, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Tommy Freeman, 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Jack van Poortvliet; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Will Stuart, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 Jonny Hill, 6 Courtney Lawes (c), 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Billy Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Ollie Chessum, 20 Lewis Ludlam, 21 Jack Willis, 22 Danny Care, 23 Henry Arundell.
*Odds from Betfair correct as of Friday, July 8
What they said
Eddie Jones has handed debuts to Guy Porter and Tommy Freeman as well as giving a first start to try scorer from last week Jack van Poortvliet.
He said of his decision: : “We have decided to make changes in our back line, they were tough calls but we feel they will strengthen the team.
"There are opportunities to attack against Australia which we can take.
"We have had solid preparation this week and [we’re] looking forward to an important game in Brisbane.
"This game is the perfect practice for the World Cup and our focus is putting on our best performance.”
Australia head coach Dave Rennie heaped praise on powerhouse prop Taniela Tupou after recalling him to the starting line-up following his return from injury.
He said: “It’s great to have Taniela back this week and he’s extremely excited to pull on the gold jersey in his hometown,.
He added of his other selections: “Equally Jordy [Petaia] is looking forward to the opportunity at fullback and of course it will be a proud night for Nick [Frost] and his family for his Test debut,”
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16. Folau Fainga’a, 17. Scott Sio, 18. James Slipper, 19. Nick Frost, 20. Pete Samu, 21. Jake Gordon, 22. James O’Connor, 23. Izaia Perese
Australia starting XV:
15. Jordan Petaia, 14. Tom Wright, 13. Hunter Paisami, 12. Samu Kerevi, 11. Marika Koroibete, 10. Noah Lolesio, 9. Nic White, 1. Angus Bell, 2. David Porecki, 3. Taniela Tupou, 4. Matt Philip, 5. Cadeyrn Neville, 6. Rob Leota, 7. Michael Hooper (captain), 8. Rob Valetini.
Chance to establish themselves again
These two teams went into the first test very much out of sorts, having both lost their last three games.
While England dominated the first-half, Australia were resolute in defence and managed to keep themselves in the game going into the break.
It was that performance that laid the foundations for their second-half display which saw them pressure England and build themselves a lead before the tourists made a very late comeback.
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Debutant with the Midas touch impresses
Jack Van Portlviet came off the bench last week to score with pretty much his first touch of the game in Perth.
Turning the tide of the game, England’s late comeback took the wind out of the Australian sails and gave them something to think about as they looked to hold onto their win.
Starting at scrum-half today, Van Portvliet will be looking to continue his good form and inspire England into a win that will bring them back into this test series.
- Kieran Davies
Underdogs shine in Perth test
Despite being reduced to 14-men in the first half, Australia played the second half like it was actually they who had the man advantage as they dominated Eddie Jones’ England team and were able to claim the Ella-Mobbs Trophy.
Only a late comeback by England, scoring two late tries, gave the scoreline an impression that this was a close game whereas in reality Australia were comfortable winners thanks to their impressive second-half display.
England will want to make some sort of statement in their performance today following that defeat.
- Kieran Davies
Welcome to Australia vs England
Australia beat England for the first time since 2016 last weekend in Perth and will be hoping to wrap up the test series with another victory today in Brisbane.
Taniela Tupou returns at tighthead for The Wallabies and has been talking up how he and Ellis Genge will want to ‘smash’ each other.
Matt Philip comes into the second row for the banned Darcy Swain and there are injury-enforced changes in the back line.
Jordan Petaia starts a test at full-back for the first time, while Tom Wright and Hunter Paisami come in at wing and outside-centre respectively.
Eddie Jones has picked two debutants in his England back-line, wing Tommy Freeman and centre Guy Porter, who lived in Australia for 15 years before joining Leicester Tigers in 2020.
Jack Van Portlviet, who won his first cap off the bench in the Perth defeat, start at scrum-half and Sam Underhill comes into the back row for Tom Curry who has been ruled out of the series with concussion.
Interestingly, Jones has named six forwards on the bench, perhaps looking for those replacements to make an impact at the breakdown after England struggled in that area last week.
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- Kieran Davies