We take a look at both sides likely backlines for their crunch clash and debate which England players would make it into the Wallabies side over the opposite number…

15.Israel Folau vs Mike Brown

This is a close one given the sublime form of Mike Brown over the last couple of games, however Folau is simply in another class. The Wallabies full back is arguably the best 15 in the game right now.

14.Rob Horne  vs Anthony Watson

Whilst Horne has been a key player for the Wallabies of late, the undoubted talent of Watson wins this one thanks to his ability to pull something out of nothing thanks to his step and turn of pace.

13.Tevita Kuridrani vs Jonathan Joseph

A close call thanks to the huge improvements seen in Kuridrani over the last 12 months or so, however when on form Joseph has shown he can be real game changer for England.

12.Matt Giteau vs Brad Barritt

Definitely one of the easier calls here. For all of Barritt’s defensive qualities, the all round play of Matt Giteau is far superior and would make him an automatic first choice for most backlines.


11.Adam Ashley-Cooper vs Jonny May

Despite the huge improvements we’ve seen in May over the last few months, the experience of Adam Ashley-Cooper wins out this contest without too much debate.

10.Bernard Foley vs Owen Farrell

This is a close call, and had it been Ford instead of Farrell England may have taken this one. As is, for all of Farrell’s strengths, he just lacks a bit of magic that could make him truly world class.

9.Will Genia vs Ben Youngs

This one is another close contest, and a few months ago probably would have gone the other way. As is though, the improving form of Genia sees him slip in just ahead.

So that’s five Wallabies and just two Englishmen in our composite backline that looks a little like this; 15.Israel Folau, 14.Anthony Watson, 13.Jonathan Joseph, 12.Matt Giteau, 11.Adam Ashley-Cooper, 10.Bernard Foley, 9.Will Genia