England vs Australia Live Stream Rugby – England face their toughest Autumn international match this weekend with a home game against Australia at Twickenham. Eddie Jones will know only too well his side need to improve significantly from their unconvincing performance during the 21-8 win over Argentina in last week’s opener. There was plenty of rust in the display and a lack of precision from the hosts but any repeat against the Wallabies will be exposed. Watch England vs Australia Live Streaming Free Rugby Autumn Internationals 2017 on your PC, laptop, Mac, Ipad, Tab, Ps4/3, I-phone Android or any other online device.
England v Australia
Date: Saturday 18th November 2017
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick Off: 3:00pm
Referee: Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TV Coverage: Live on Sky Sports
Head Coach Eddie Jones called last week’s match against the Argentinians a “grindathon” and certainly I agree. This will be the hardest game of the Autumn internationals: Australia are in good form, undefeated in 7 matches and they soundly beat an experimental Welsh side last Saturday.
Jones has chosen to release Ellis Genge, Alex Lozowski and George Kruis. While the latter certainly was completely anonymous against the Pumas, I’m slightly confused at the decision to release England’s form loosehead and recall Marler who has been controversial at best so far this season. Is this a sign of weakness from Jones, that he’s going back to his trusted troop rather going for the in-form player? Also Lozowski wasn’t the problem on Saturday, it was Slade and once again he disappointed on the international stage.
Owen Farrell returns to inside centre and England’s best winger at the moment, Jonny May, has returned from a slight niggle to start at 14 with Daly on the other wing. Watson moves to fullback in Brown’s absence due to concussion which is where I think Watson’s future is after the World Cup in Japan. The only change to the pack is Joe Launchbury partnering Courtney Lawes, whilst World Rugby Player of the Year Nominee Maro Itoje is on the bench. Again Hartley is preferred to George, which will leave more than a few fans scratching their heads.
Overall, the English will be in contention to beat the Wallabies but they certainly weren’t at their best versus the pumas and they need to be to dispatch Australia. However, Australia haven’t beaten England since October 2015 in the World Cup, so that should give England some confidence.
The Wallabies are in great form at the moment, drawing twice with the Springboks, and finishing in 2nd place in the Rugby Championship before beating the All Blacks in the final Bledisloe encounter.
Their set-piece is working well for them at the moment, with captain Michael Hooper in great form along with his back-row partner Sean McMahon. They have got an outstanding back line at the moment, including Will Genia, Bernard Foley, Reece Hodge, and the Wallabies’ find of the season Marika Koroibete. Because of the star-studded backline and if the pack can keep up the pace then I expect Australia to score a few tries against England.
I suspect that the Wallabies will be very clinical like they were last week against the Welsh. I believe that they will look to the likes of Hooper, McMahon and Scott Sio to carry the ball hard and robust close to the ruck and then send the ball out-wide for their dangerous backs to exploit.
England: 15 Anthony Watson, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Sam Underhill, 8 Nathan Hughes.
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.
Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Marika Koroibete, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Will Genia; 1 Scott Sio, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 3 Sekope Kepu, 4 Rob Simmons, 5 Blake Enever, 6 Ned Hanigan, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 8 Sean McMahon.
Replacements (one to be omitted): 16 Stephen Moore, 17 Tom Robertson, 18 Allan Alaalatoa, 19 Matt Philip, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Lopeti Timani, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Karmichael Hunt, 24 Henry Speight.