Australia vs England First Test Preview

England are a different team to when Chris Robshaw was captain

The second of the Big Test matches this month is in Brisbane, Australia where the Wallabies host England.

This is the first of three matches between the teams and is the first time that the teams will have played a series in this way.

In their last meeting Australia beat England 33-13 at Twickenham which effectively ended England’s Rugby World Cup campaign.

Australia went on to reach the final and were beaten by the All Blacks. That match was the last time that the Wallabies played together as a unit.

That means that it has been seven months since the Wallabies were together and in that time England have played six Tests and they are unbeaten in their last seven Tests including the Six Nations Grand Slam. .

Although the England team has a similar look to the one that lost to Australia in their last outing it is a very different team which also has a couple of new faces to Australian Rugby such as Maro Itoje.

The team also has a number of Saracens players who have won a European title and retained a Premiership title. Add in the Six Nations title and these players are clearly in form.

England also have Eddie Jones in charge and he will no doubt have found weaknesses in the Australian team.

Australian Rugby has had something of a difficult time since the Rugby World Cup as their Super Rugby sides have not enjoyed the best form. That said some of the key players in the Waratahs for example have recently found form again.

Two key players this weekend will be Michael Hooper and Bernard Foley who scored two tries against England last year. Foley’s performance this weekend will be crucial as he has new cap Samu Kerevi alongside him.

Along with Kerevi Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has also included two other debutants in Brumbies lock Rory Arnold and Western Force utility back Dane Haylett-Petty which means that unlike last time when these teams met the backline will not be that experienced. Australia were able to call on Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell and Adam Ashley-Cooper last time out.

The Bookies have given England 4 point start for this Match – with an offer of up to $200 in Bonus bets.Given the preparation England have had ahead of this match and that Australia will be playing for the first time in seven months we think England will JUST edge this one by three.

This Match will be shown on TV in NZ (Sky), Aus (Fox Sports), SA (SuperSport) and in the UK on Sky Sports.

Average score: Australia 21 England 15

Last five results
Sat, 03 Oct 2015 AUS v ENG 33-13 Twickenham, London
Sat, 29 Nov 2014 AUS v ENG 17-26 Twickenham, London
Sat, 02 Nov 2013 AUS v ENG 13-20 Twickenham, London
Sat, 17 Nov 2012 AUS v ENG 20-14 Twickenham, London
Sat, 13 Nov 2010 AUS v ENG 18-35 Twickenham, London

Australia’s overall record against England
Played 44 , Wins 25, Losses 18, Draws 1

Date : Sat Jun 11 2016
Venue : Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick Off local: 20:00
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Ref 1:Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Assistant Ref 2:Glen Jackson (New Zealand)



15. Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Rory Arnold, 3 Greg Holmes, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 Scott Sio.

Replacements :16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Sekope Kepu, 19 James Horwill, 20 Dean Mumm, 21 Sean McMahon, 22 Nick Frisby, 23 Christian Leali’ifano.


15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Mako Vunipola.

Replacements : 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell.

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