Eddie Jones has recalled Marland Yarde and handed Nathan Hughes his first start as England look to end 2016 unbeaten when they face Australia in the final Autumn International at Twickenham on Saturday.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) December 1, 2016
Hughes replaces Billy Vunipola as England look to end 2016 with another Twickenham victory
Wasps star number eight Hughes will make his full debut for his adopted country, after making appearances from the bench against South Africa and Fiji. The Fijian-born bulldozer replaces Billy Vunipola, who was ruled out of action for three-months after picking up a knee injury against Argentina.
Hughes has massive shoes to fill, given Vunipola’s performances in the last 12-months which have seen him become one of the world’s finest players. But this as close to a like-for-like swap as you can get and Hughes will bring his own brand of power to the backrow.
Yarde returns to the wing after missing the games with Fiji and Argentina, with the Harlequins winger replacing the suspended Elliot Daly. The 24-year-old started the first test against the Wallabies in the summer and scored a crucial try in that historic victory.
On the changes Jones said, “Nathan is a strong runner and will provide go-forward. As I’ve said before, I like one winger with pace which is Jonny May and then we want work-rate – Marland will work hard for us.”
Otherwise England are unchanged from the side that made it 12 consecutive victories under Eddie Jones, and 13 overall wins including their victory over Uruguay at the end of the 2015 World Cup.
England on the verge of history as they prepare for Australia clash at Twickenham
Victory against Australia on Saturday would see England equal their longest ever winning-streak, set by the 2002/03 Sir Clive Woodward side who of course went on to win the World Cup against Eddie Jones Australia.
The transformation of this team has been quite something, Jones took them from their lowest point post-World Cup and has transformed them into the number two side in the world.
— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) November 28, 2016
In his press conference Jones stated the importance of this game saying: “Most big Test matches come down to the last 20 minutes and if you look back historically at big Test matches between England and Australia at Twickenham the last 20 minutes has always been a time where either team can win the game.
“We’ve played three Test matches on the trot which is important because it replicates a World Cup pool. You get through the pool you then need to win every game to win the World Cup.”
Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley
Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon – Thursday 15th December 2016.
The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.
Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.