Despite an impressive first test victory over the Wallabies, here are a few changes England should make for their upcoming second test in Australia…

15.Mike Brown

He’s not quite in the form he was at in his peak around 2013 but Brown still remains a solid option at full back and hasn’t done anything to warrant being dropped.

14.Anthony Watson

Watson was a little quiet in the first test, but returning him to his preferred right wing could help bring him into the game a little more where he can utilise his blistering pace.

13.Jonathan Joseph

Joseph was another who had a solid if unspectacular game so retains his place, but could come under pressure over the next couple of weeks to step it up another level.

12.Owen Farrell

Farrell is England’s form ten at the moment, however the surest combination over the last 12-18 months has seen him at inside centre with Ford at 10.

11.Jack Nowell

Rumour has it Nowell wasn’t 100% fit so didn’t start the first test, but England will need his defensive talents out wide to counter the Wallabies threat from the wings.

10.George Ford

The game quite literally turned on its head when Ford was introduced with just half an hour gone, and he still remains the player most capable of getting the backline firing.

9.Ben Youngs

We have criticised Youngs a fair bit recently, but he had a decent enough game during the first test to justify his selection in the starting XV once again this week.


8.Billy Vunipola

Vunipola is one of the first names on the teamsheet these days and represents the exact type of player that the Wallabies are desperate to find ahead of the final two tests.

7.James Haskell

The undoubted man of the match last weekend, Haskell was absolutely immense, but must now follow up that performance with another top quality run out.

6.Chris Robshaw

Although not as obviously visible as Haskell during the game, Robshaw was once again superb and thoroughly deserves his place in the starting XV during the rest of the tour.

5.George Kruis

Kruis is England’s key man at the lineout and ensures his presence is felt around the park where he forms a formidable duo with Maro Itoje in the engine room.

4.Maro Itoje

The rising star of English rugby, Itoje once again proved that he is the real deal with an impressive performance both at the set piece and in the loose.

3.Dan Cole

With no other viable alternative, Cole is pretty much guarantees to start, although in fairness he got the better of Scott Sio in the majority of scrums.

2.Dylan Hartley

Hartley continues to show maturity in his role as captain and is absolutely pivotal to England’s play at the set piece which notable tailed off once he had been replaced.

1.Mako Vunipola

Despite a tough start in the opening couple of scrums, Vunipola worked his way into the game and continued to be an important presence in the loose for England.


16.Jamie George

Although Luke Cowan-Dickie hasn’t done anything wrong, the evidence to date suggests that George is a little more capable at maintaining his standards against top opposition.

17.Matt Mullan

Didn’t have an awful lot of time to prove anything on Saturday, however Mullan has been superb during the Premiership season and definitely deserves more game time.

18.Paul Hill

With no other options at tighthead, Hill will once again have to step up, however he has shown enough to suggest that this shouldn’t be a problem.

19.Joe Launchbury

Launchbury saw very little game time against the Wallabies despite his impressive performance against Wales, but is definitely the stand out third choice lock in the squad.

20.Jack Clifford

Having two second rows on the bench somewhat limited England’s options in the first test so the inclusion of Clifford could help make a difference given his form to date.

21.Danny Care

Given Care is the only other scrum half in the squad, he’s guaranteed a place in the team, but in fairness is a more than worthy option either on the bench or starting.

22.Henry Slade

The first test looks to have proved Luther Burrell is not the answer, so now is the time to see if Henry Slade can live up to the hype, or whether other options need to be explored.

23.Elliot Daly

Daly’s form this season combined with the fact he can cover almost any position in the backline, and kick from distance makes him an ideal utility back for the bench.