The England Team That Should Face Australia In The First Test


Here’s the 23 man squad including starting XV that England should select for their first encounter with the Wallabies in June.

15.Mike Brown

Has lost some form over the last 18 months but still remains consistent on the international stage.

14.Anthony Watson

Absolutely devastating out wide and has the added bonus of being able to cover full back.

13.Jonathan Joseph

It would be nice to see Daly given game time, but for now Joseph should remain the starter.

12.Owen Farrell

Given the lack of alternatives at 12 right now, Farrell should pick up where he left off after the Six Nations.

11.Jack Nowell

Was outstanding once again for Exeter in the Premiership final and continues to be solid across the board for England.

10.George Ford

Looked shaky from the tee against Wales but still remains an attacking threat so should retain his place for now.

9.Danny Care

Ben Youngs looked poor at best against Wales, whereas Care’s introduction led to a notable upturn in pace.

8.Billy Vunipola

England’s star man from the Six Nations has transferred his international form onto the club stage in the second half of the season.

7.Jack Clifford

Was excellent against Wales and helps add a little more dynamise to the back row which perhaps otherwise lacks pace.

6.Chris Robshaw

Very similar in terms of ability to James Haskell but perhaps offers a little more given his captaincy experience.

5.George Kruis

Formed a formidable partnership with Itoje in the second row in the latter half of this year’s Six Nations.

4.Maro Itoje

Has the potential to be one of England’s World Class players and could well be a future captain of the side.

3.Dan Cole

Given the lack of senior alternatives in the tour squad, England should stick with Cole throughout the series.

2.Dylan Hartley

Has shown he is more than capable of leading the side and will be a key figure in Australia.

1.Mako Vunipola

With Joe Marler missing, Vunipola should start the first test but will face stiff competition for the jersey.

16.Jamie George

Looks to be the long-term future for England in the number two shirt so should be given ample game time against the Wallabies.

17.Matt Mullan

Arguably the form loosehead in the Premiership this season, Mullan is a more than capable replacement for Marler.

18.Paul Hill

Showed during the Six Nations that despite his young age he can hold his own on the international stage.

19.Joe Launchbury

Was absolutely sublime against Wales and will be pushing hard for a spot in the starting XV in the second two tests.

20.Teimana Harrison

Can cover all three back row positions and looked at home against Wales during his international debut.

21.Ben Youngs

Given he is the only other scrum half on tour England have no choice but to select Youngs.

22.Henry Slade

Had a poor game in the Premiership final but looked more comfortable at 12 so could push for a start in the second test.

23.Elliot Daly

Can cover most positions in the backline and has more than earned some serious game time during the tour.



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