Wallabies bring out their best for England

Stephen Moore returns to face England at Twickenham

Australia coach Michael Cheika has brought back his strongest Wallabies starting line up for this weekend’s crucial match against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

The starting team that faced Fiji just over a week ago will start against England but Cheika has delayed naming his replacements until later.

Cheika has made fourteen changes to the starting XV from the team’s most recent Pool A clash with Uruguay and the side for this week includes the return of Wallabies Captain Stephen Moore for his 98th Test appearance.

The side’s vice captaincy will be shared by Adam Ashley-Cooper and Michael Hooper.

Starting the tournament with a double against Fiji, David Pocock will start his third match at number 8 this season, in what is now familiar surroundings for the 27-year-old.

The Wallabies go into the match against the home nation looking to build on their first two performances in the tournament.

“We’ve been working hard each day this week to improve our game before we play England on Saturday,” said Cheika.

“I believe that this group (the same starting team that ran out against Fiji) has been really clear on where we must improve and the level we must be at to compete with England and we know that it’s going to be a very tough challenge.

“The group is really committed to making all Australians truly proud of how we represent them at this Rugby World Cup and Saturday night will be another opportunity for us to do that.”

Cheika will name his eight-man bench following the Wallabies training session at Dulwich College in London today.


1. Scott Sio , 2. Stephen Moore (c) , 3. Sekope Kepu , 4. Kane Douglas , 5. Rob Simmons , 6. Scott Fardy , 7. Michael Hooper (vc) , 8. David Pocock , 9. Will Genia , 10. Bernard Foley , 11. Rob Horne , 12. Matt Giteau , 13. Tevita Kuridrani , 14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (vc) , 15. Israel Folau

*Replacements : To be confirmed

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