England’s clash with Australia on Saturday is one of the most-anticipated Autumn internationals which are taking place this month.
There is plenty of motivation for both sides to go out and secure a vital victory. England, although they beat Argentina last weekend, have come under for some criticism over their performance, especially in attack which looked blunted at the best of times. They will want to reaffirm themselves as the world’s second best team with a win over Michael Chekia’s side.
For the Wallabies, they are now on a three game winning streak with wins over the All Blacks, the Barbarians and Wales to their name. Even without Israel Folau who is taking an end of season break, Australia look like they are returning to their best as more determined defensive performances and the brilliance of Kurtley Beale in attack bringing them to a whole new level.
For Australia, their three losses to England last summer will also be on their mind and they would love nothing more than to beat England at their home in Twickenham.
For Eddie Jones, he has named a 25-man squad for this weekend’s fixture and as a result, nine players have been released back to their clubs. Those players are; Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Ellis Genge, Nick Isiekwe, George Kruis, Alex Lozowski, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona.
The England squad in full is as follows:
Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby).
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).