England bring in Farrell for Wallabies clash

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 11:41
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TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England head coach Eddie Jones has made four changes to the side that defeated Argentina 21-8 for their clash against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Owen Farrell makes a return to the team for the first time this season in place of Henry Slade at inside centre. Jonny May has been passed fit and will play on the right wing.
 
Anthony Watson moves to fullback after Mike Brown was not considered for selection following his head injury last weekend. 
 
The only change in the forward pack sees Joe Launchbury replace George Kruis.  The Wasps lock will partner Courtney Lawes who is set to win his 60th cap for England.
 
Maro Itoje is also called up in the matchday squad and is named as one of the finishers.
 
"I have selected the strongest 23 to play Australia and we will have to be effective in everything we do this weekend to win," said Jones.

"This is going to be a great challenge, as we know Australia have been in great form towards the end of their season.
 
"The players have had an extremely positive week. They have trained well and worked hard and we are all excited about going out on Saturday and playing well against a very good Australian side." 
 
England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Nathan Hughes, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Mako Vunipola. 
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Harry Williams, 19 Maro Itoje, 20 Sam Simmonds, 21 Danny Care, 22 Henry Slade, 23 Semesa Rokoduguni.

Date: Saturday, November 18
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kick-off: 15.00 (15.00 GMT; 02.00 AEDT, Sunday, November 19)
Referee: Ben O'Keeffe (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Marius van der Westhuizen (South Africa), George Clancy (Ireland)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)