England have one game left to keep their World Cup dreams alive, and must therefore be prepared to pick a side like the below to get the job done…

15.Mike Brown

Currently the first name on the team sheet. Brown is absolutely integral to everything England do well in both attack and defence right now.

14.Anthony Watson

Watson didn’t have his best game against Wales but still remains one of England’s most potent threats when he gets ball in hand.

13.Jonathan Joseph/Henry Slade

If Joseph is fit he has to start, but failing that, the subtlety of Slade is preferable against the Wallabies to get the ball to the back three.

12.Brad Barritt

He may not be the most exciting centre in the world, but Barritt’s defence was absolutely critical against the Wallabies last year.

11.Jonny May

It’s tempting to give Nowell a start but May has shown he is more than capable of creating something out of nothing with his pace.

10.George Ford

Farrell had a solid game for England but he isn’t able to open up England’s backline in quite the same way Ford seems to do on a regular basis.

9.Ben Youngs

England’s performance noticeably declined once Youngs was withdrawn from the action against Wales last weekend.


8.Ben Morgan

Having a big ball carrier is going to be vital to get over the gain line and hopefully negate the Hooper/Pocock combination to an extent.

7.Chris Robshaw

Robshaw never really has a bad game for England, and will hopefully have learnt from the experience of last weekend.

6.Tom Wood

Wood potentially offers slightly more than Haskell around the breakdown which will be vital when combatting the Wallabies back row.

5.Courtney Lawes/George Kruis

If Lawes is fit he has to start, however failing that the physicality of Kruis could be vital to helping England over the gainline.

4.Joe Launchbury

Parling hasn’t done anything wrong, however his impact is negligible compared to an on form Launchbury in the loose.

3.Dan Cole

Cole needs to cut out the penalties as a matter of urgency, but his power in the scrum will be vital against a resurgent Australian pack.

2.Jamie George

A bit of a gamble perhaps, but England need to secure their set piece more than anything and George is the safest option in this regards.

1.Mako Vunipola

Again, Marler hasn’t exactly done anything wrong, but the impact of Vunipola in the loose will be vital for getting England on the front foot.


16.Tom Youngs

Youngs is a fantastic player and will make a huge impact off the bench but isn’t secure enough at the set piece to start this one.

17.Joe Marler

Marler has probed a more than capable scrummager and can come on to shore up things at the set piece if necessary.

18.Kieran Brookes

There’s the temptation to start Brookes given Cole’s penalty count, but for the time being he will remain a good impact player.

19.George Kruis/Geoff Parling

If Lawes is fit then Kruis should be on the bench to provide impact, otherwise Parling can come on with Youngs to secure line out ball.

20.Nick Easter

Easter offers something a bit different to Morgan whilst potentially offering more impact off the bench then fellow backrower Haskell.

21.Danny Care

Wigglesworth is a great player for certain games, but in terms of impact off the bench Care offers much more.

22.Owen Farrell

Had a solid game last week and is ideal for coming on and securing a game, or kicking points should Ford have an off day.

23.Henry Slade/Jack Nowell

If Joseph starts then Slade should bench, however if he’s not fit then Nowell offers more off the bench than Goode or even Burgess.