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England Name Side for Wales Six Nations Clash

Eddie Jones has made two changes to his England side as the defending Six Nations champions head to Cardiff to face Wales – for one of the most anticipated and historic fixtures in world rugby.

After a tense opener against France, where a late Ben Te’o score secured a record breaking 15th consecutive Test Match victory, Jones has recalled Jack Nowell and Jack Clifford to the side.

Nowell was one of the substitutes to make a major impact from the bench last weekend and he has ousted Jonny May on the left wing – who drops to the bench. The Exeter Chiefs flyer has been in fine form since returning from injury and his return will be a major boost to the side.

Elsewhere Clifford makes his first Six Nations start for England, with Tom Wood dropping to the bench. The Harlequins flanker will bring some much needed energy and ball carrying ability to the back-row.

Jones said on Clifford’s inclusion, “He is a hard-working, young player. He has got a good record against Wales, he had a superb game against them in May, he knows what he is going to expect and we’re looking forward to him making an impact in our back-row play.”

Alongside Maro Itoje and Nathan Hughes, Clifford will form part of an exciting but inexperienced back-row. James Haskell is not considered ready for starting position and will again be looking to make a huge impact off the bench as one of England’s ‘finishers’.

England and Jones ready for ‘one of the biggest games in world rugby’

After Ireland’s defeat to Scotland in week one of the Six Nations, England know that a victory will put them in pole position for a second Grand Slam in two-years.

And Jones says his side are ready for the challenge ahead saying: “It’s been a great week of focused preparation and we can’t wait to play Wales.

“Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we’re excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.

“It’s a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do the fundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby. We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium.”

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Joe Marler, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Maro Itoje, 7 Jack Clifford 8 Nathan Hughes

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Tom Wood, 20 James Haskell, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te’o, 23 Jonny May

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The Autumn Internationals are one of the major highlights of the international rugby calendar as the best sides from the Southern Hemisphere head to Europe for their end of season tours. In 2017 England face three crucial fixtures at Twickenham Argentina, Australia and Samoa.

Please see our Twickenham Autumn Internationals hospitality page for more information.

England Beat Australia To Create History At Twickenham

England can now enjoy the Christmas turkey after beating Australia 37-21 to complete a clean sweep of 2016, including four Autumn International victories at Twickenham.

It completed the perfect stats for Eddie Jones – 13 wins in 13 matches since he took, over an unbeaten 2016. England now sit on 14 consecutive victories equalling the record of Sir Clive Woodward’s World Cup heroes of 2003.

One suspects there might be some mixed feelings for the Australian after again putting his compatriots to the sword following the resounding 3-0 Test victory Down Under earlier in the year, but not that he would admit.

England recover from slow start to make history at Twickenham

Yet England had been poor in the first half and Australia must have thought they were in with a chance of causing an upset.

It wasn’t to be because the home side, no doubt after a roasting from Jones, turned in a massively improved performance in the second period. England were sloppy in the opening stages.

Indeed the first scrum of the match was a turnover for Australia, leading to winger Sefanaia Naivalu striding clear at the corner. It was a frenzied start from the Wallabies, reminiscent of their start to the opening Test of the summer tour in Brisbane – where England looked all at sea for 20 minutes.

Thirty minutes in England got a scruffy score back. Aussie pair Nick Phipps and Sekope Kefu mess up, Owen Farrell fly-hacks forward and the ball sits up perfectly for predatory centre Jonathan Joseph to race clear under the posts.

So, 13-16 at half time.  Australia had made 267 metres to England’s 122, had 64 per cent possession and 70 per cent territory. The visitors correctly had three tries chalked off by the TMO, but it told a story.

So, England with plenty to do.

England overpower Australia with dominant second half performance

It took them just five minutes from the restart to get going. The outstanding Joseph spots the run of Marland Yarde and clips a kick through into the winger’s path. A hint of a knock-on in touching the ball down, but the TMO gives him the benefit of the doubt.

Another try for England – Hooper is penalised for playing off his feet, Ben Youngs takes a quick tap, proffers a lovely dummy, and is under the posts. Australia get one back through Kepu but then commit suicide.

Haylett-Petty shoulder barges Brown off the ball and is yellow carded. Pocock then throws a ghastly pass inside his own 22, which Joseph intercepts and it is all over.

Ben Youngs deservedly gets man of the match and England finish 2016 perfect.

Jones commented: “We were terrible in the first 20 minutes, we couldn’t have tried to play any worse than we did.

“But we rebounded fantastically, and the first 20 minutes of the second half we were absolutely outstanding.”

And he cautioned: “Every player has to remember that no-one is irreplaceable, and it’s an honour to wear the England shirt.”

England got the breaks; Australia made the mistakes. What a wonderful Autumn International series for England with victories over Argentina, South Africa, Fiji, and Australia.

England Six Nations Hospitality Packages Now On Sale

After a record breaking and historic 2016 England now turn their attention to the 2017 RBS Six Nations as they look to defend their Grand Slam crown.

The opening game could be another historic occasion with England meeting France in ‘Le Crunch’ at Twickenham – a win for Eddie Jones side would see them break the record of 14 wins and take them one step closer the New Zealand’s record of 18 consecutive Test Match victories.

Eventmasters are delighted to offer the finest VIP hospitality packages at the Twickenham Stoop for this hotly anticipated fixture.

Please see our England v France Six Nations Hospitality Packages page for information.

Hughes and Yarde return for England to face Australia at Twickenham

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.

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.

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 LuncheonThursday 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.

England breeze past Fiji at Twickenham

England made it 11 consecutive victories under Eddie Jones as they swept aside Fiji 58-15 in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham on Saturday.

After opening their autumn campaign with a convincing 37-21 victory over South Africa, Eddie Jones reshuffled his side for the arrival of Fiji, with the likes of Jonathan Joseph, Semesa Rokoduguni and Alex Goode all returning to the backline.

Lightning fast start seals the game for England

And it was Joseph who opened the scoring inside the first four minutes, after a powerful drive from the outstanding Mako Vunipola, the ball was moved wide to Owen Farrell and the centre’s perfectly timed pass sent Joseph through the gap and over in the corner.

Just minutes later England were in again, when George Ford’s gorgeous wide pass found Elliot Daly and the Wasps star turned on the after burners for his first international try.

In the 13th minute the hosts were in again – fine hands down the short side released Rokoduguni into space and the Fijian-born former soldier showed his finishing prowess to touchdown in the corner.

Within the next 10-minutes England killed the game-off with two well worked driving maul scores from Teimana Harrison and Joe Launchbury. In the process Owen Farrell also became just the second England player to pass 500 test match points and his side were 31-0 ahead.

However just before half-time the Pacific Islanders hit back with two scores. The first went to the giant winger Nemani Nadolo who exploited an overlap to score in the corner. Then it was the turn of superstar lock Leone Nakarawa who twisted and wriggled his way through the tackles to score.

England run in four second-half tries to seal win number two of in the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals

Fiji’s resurgence continued early in the second half as full-back Metuisela Talebula sliced through the English defence to score in the corner. But after that it was one way traffic once again.

In the 49th minute England surged into the Fijian 22, the ball was moved down the line and Mako Vunipola again showed great awareness as he sent Alex Goode over for his first try for England. Soon after Joseph added his second score intercepting a wild pass.

Rokoduguni scored his second international try, walking over in the corner after another fabulous George Ford pass. Launchbury completed his brace of scores finishing off a flowing move with forwards and backs interlinking well to send the Wasps lock over the line.

Job done for England, but bigger tests now await.

But Jones has admitted the performance on Saturday has given him some selection headaches, saying: “We have got great competition for places so it is going to be a couple of sleepless nights before we do selection. And we’ll name the side on Thursday this week – well, that is what we are aiming to do.”

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 LuncheonThursday 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.

England name side for Autumn International clash with Fiji

Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England starting XV, as they look to continue their perfect 2016 against Fiji at Twickenham, in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals.

The Australian has named full-back Alex Goode and winger Semesa Rokoduguni in his side for the first time. While Jonathan Joseph returns at outside centre, moving Elliot Daly to the wing and Teimana Harrison returns at flanker.

Jones had delayed the announcement of his team after fitness concerns over Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes, but the pair have now passed tests. Hughes will once again be expecting to make an impact from the bench alongside the uncapped Bath lock Charlie Ewels.

Rokoduguni and Goode return for England at Twickenham

Goode was named the Aviva Premiership’s Player of the Year in 2016 and will be looking to continue his fantastic form. Rokoduguni hasn’t played for England since winning his only cap against New Zealand in 2014.

The Fijian-born former soldier has been one of the Premiership’s finest finishers in the last three-years, his combination of speed, power and skill will bring a different edge to the back-three.

Earlier in the week fly-half George Ford was full of praise for Rokoduguni saying: “He is the most dangerous player I’ve ever played with.

“The best finisher I have ever played with. This year with Bath if you give him the ball and a little bit of space you can see what he can do.”

Eddie Jones expecting big performance from his side in second Autumn International

After their opening win over South Africa, the England management were keen to stress that the performance of the side must improve and Jones has stated that he expects a much more fluid 80-minutes from his side.

Jones said, “Every Test match is an opportunity for us to keep improving and to increase the depth of the squad.

“England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously.

“While we were satisfied with last week’s result against South Africa, there was plenty to improve on. We want a much more complete performance on Saturday – we want to be in total control of the game and tidy-up the things we didn’t do well enough last weekend.”

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 LuncheonThursday 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.

England Name Squad for Autumn Internationals

England’s strength in depth will undergo a severe examination as Eddie Jones prepares for the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham. This morning the Australian named his 33-man squad denuded of some big names.

Injuries provide uncapped players the chance to shine in the Autumn Internationals

Injured players not considered for selection included Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), James Haskell (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Sam Jones (Wasps), George Kruis (Saracens), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), and Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers).

With the back row in particular looking thin there is a recall for the hard as nails Northampton flanker Tom Wood.

He has effectively been shunned since Jones took over – for no obvious good reason. A bit like the refusal to consider Danny Cipriani despite a host of brilliant performances.

There is sadly no recall for Cipriani. No place either for the uncapped Josh Beaumont. Bad luck for two players in fine form.England Name Squad for Autumn Internationals - Twickenham Corporate Hospitality Packages

The squad takes in uncapped prop Kyle Sinckler though, No 8 Nathan Hughes, lock Charlie Ewels, wing Mike Haley, fly-half Alex Lozowski and centre Ben Te’o. There will be plenty of eyes on how Hughes goes. A destructive ball-carrier, the Fijian has qualified via residency.

Much will depend for England victory hopes on the engine room of Joe Launchbury and Courtney Lawes. At their best they are great players but have on occasion appeared burned out.

Wing Jonny May, No 8 Ben Morgan and second-row Dave Atwood all return from long absences. The squad fly to Portugal for a training camp on Sunday.

The Old Mutual Wealth Series sees England begin their campaign on November 12 against South Africa, before facing Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

“Our training camp in Portugal is a great opportunity to spend a week together, focus on putting our game plans in place and for new players to understand the England way,” said Jones.

England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!

England will be looking to maintain their perfect record under Eddie Jones in the Twickenham Autumn Internationals 2016. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham corporate hospitality packages for these four superb games – allowing you to see all the action in VIP style.

Please follow the links below for more information:

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

The full squad is:

Forwards 

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) *injury replacement for George Kruis (Saracens), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints) *injury replacement for James Haskell (Wasps), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) *injury replacement for Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps), Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) *injury replacement for Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers).

Backs 

Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Bath Rugby), Alex Goode (Saracens), Mike Haley (Sale Sharks), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors), Marland Yarde (Harlequins) *injury replacement for Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

 

England lose Maro Itoje for Autumn Internationals

Eddie Jones has been dealt another major injury blow ahead of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham, after superstar forward Maro Itoje was ruled out for six-weeks with a broken hand.

Itoje who was a key figure for England as they claimed their first Six Nations Grand Slam since 2003 and a first ever Test Series win over Australia, was forced from the field in Saracens European Cup game on Saturday.

After undergoing a scan the 21-year-old was ruled out of action and will miss all four of England’s Autumn Internationals, which begin with the visit of South Africa (Saturday 12th November) and end with a vital game against Australia (Saturday 3rd December).

Head Coach Jones already has a long-list of injuries to contend with after losing Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, James Haskell, George Kruis, Sam Jones and Manu Tuilagi. But the loss of Itoje could be the most significant, given the major impact he has had since bursting onto the international stage.

Mark McCall, Saracens Director of Rugby, said: “For any team to lose a player of the ability of Maro is a blow and he will be missed through the autumn for both Saracens and England.

“What’s now important for Maro is his recovery and we look forward to his return later this season.”

Chris Ashton Joins Eventmasters for Autumn International Hospitality at Twickenham Stoop

Chris Ashton Confirmed For England v South Africa - Autumn Internationals - Twickenham
Eventmasters are delighted to announce that Saracens star and England international Chris Ashton will join us as a guest speaker at the opening game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals – England v South Africa.

Ashton is widely recognised as one of the finest finishers in the game with a try-scoring record of 19 tries in 39 games for England, including his unforgettable score against Australia in 2010 – one of the greatest tries Twickenham has ever seen.

England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!

England will be looking to maintain their perfect record under Eddie Jones in the Twickenham Autumn Internationals 2016. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham corporate hospitality packages for these four superb games – allowing you to see all the action in VIP style.

Please follow the links below for more information:

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

George Kruis joins England Injury List Ahead of Autumn Internationals

Saracens lock George Kruis has become the latest player to join the long-list of injuries for England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones ahead of the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.

Kruis has been an ever-present for Jones playing in all five RBS Six Nations games before playing a key-role in the 3-0 summer tour win over Australia. Kruis has started this season in blistering form and was outstanding in Saracens defeat of Toulon in the European Champions Cup.

However it later emerged that the 26-year-old had suffered an ankle injury which required surgery, ruling him out for a “number of weeks” according to Saracens boss Mark McCall.

Kruis is the latest star to suffer an injury ahead of the Autumn Internationals and will join the likes of James Haskell, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Jack Clifford, Sam Jones, Manu Tuilagi and Luke Cowan-Dickie.

It is certainly a concern for Eddie Jones, fortunately England are blessed with a plethora of world-class locks with the Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and Dave Atwood all more than capable of filling the boots of Kruis.

Rugby League Convert Josh Charnley Hopes To Earn England Call

Former Rugby League star Josh Charnley is hoping to win a place in the England squad as he prepares for his first training session with the Sale Sharks.

Charnley has spent his entire career with leagues’ most famous club the Wigan Warriors, but announced he would be switching to Rugby Union earlier in the year – reviving memories of the last convert to join Sale from Wigan, Jason Robinson.

The flying winger boasts an impressive strike-rate in for both club and country in the other code, with 149 tries in 151 appearances for Wigan and eight tries in seven appearances for England.

After signing of his Wigan career in perfect fashion with the winning try in the Super League Grand Final, sights now turn to Sale and England. Charnley said: “It is good playing for your country and I have done it in rugby league.

“Pulling on that jersey is huge honour and it is what players aspire to get to.”

“I think I am going to stay at wing/full back. If I can’t handle them they will probably move me in a little bit.

“I’ve never played [rugby union] before. It is more of a northern thing rugby league, so I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a huge challenge but it is one of those I am going to commit to.”

If he makes a smooth transition England could have a real star on their hands.

England Autumn International Corporate Hospitality Packages now on sale!

England will be looking to maintain their perfect record under Eddie Jones in the Twickenham Autumn Internationals 2016. Eventmasters are delighted to offer official Twickenham corporate hospitality packages for these four superb games – allowing you to see all the action in VIP style.

Please follow the links below for more information:

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

England complete whitewash of Australia with record victory

England completed a 3-0 series whitewash in Australia breaking all sorts of records in the process. It was glorious rugby from both sides if riddled with mistakes.

Victory in a pulsating third and final Test in Sydney was achieved despite conceding 40 points. Australia won the try battle 5-4 but still lost, 40-44.

Unsurprisingly perhaps, England looked mentally tired in the wake of their defensive heroics in the 23-7 second Test. There were more missed tackles, the intensity wasn’t quite there, neither was the aggression, and the backing-up was that split second too late.

Australia had a little more about them yet seemed shell-shocked, knowing that England had an unassailable Test lead and had already won the Cook Cup.

Thankfully the George Ford and Owen Farrell axis was working well.

Ford put in some neat half breaks and his exquisite boot kept pinning Australia back. Farrell’s penalty kicking and conversions were almost robotical.

“We made some history,” said captain Dylan Hartley afterwards.

How right he was – it was England’s highest score home or away against Australia and the first 3-0 series win by a touring side in Australia since South Africa in 1971.

The Wallabies led by a point at half-time courtesy of the boot of Bernard Foley, after Dan Cole and Mike Brown had crossed for England, and Foley and Dane Haylett-Petty for the hosts.

Farrell’s boot seals Sydney victory for England who now look forward to Autumn Internationals

In the second period Michael Hooper and Israel Folau tries cancelled out a Billy Vunipola score. But Owen Farrell’s boot kept England in touch and Jamie George’s oddity was a bonus.

A desperately poor pass smacked against his ankles without him getting a finger on it, the ball rebounded over the try line and the hooker gratefully plunged onto it.

As scores go it was bizarre but how you score doesn’t really matters. It still goes down in the record books.

In the end the difference probably came down to the narrow ascendancy of the English pack, on occasion disrupting Aussie scrums and pinching Aussie lineout ball.

Shorn of the tackling machine James Haskell through injury, coach Eddie Jones turned to Teimana Harrison in his only change.

It didn’t work, with the flanker withdrawn after only half an hour in what was described as a tactical switch.  One had to feel sorry for Harrison in his first international but he seemed overawed as play passed him by.

The resulting re-shuffle saw Courtney Lawes come on and go into the second row, Maro Itoje moving to blind-side flanker and Chris Robshaw shifting to open-side. The game was tit for tat from the opening stages, with England only putting it out of sight late on.

The tries came fast and furious.

Prop Cole finishing off from short range a move started by front row colleague Mako Vunipola’s barrelling run, before Australia hit back as Folau beat Jack Nowell down the left wing and linked with Matt Toomua to send Foley cruising over.

Haylett-Petty finished off sustained Australian pressure, taking advantage of an over-lap out wide but England hit back as Brown raced on to Anthony Watson’s wonderful chip.

With the score 18-17 at half-time, it was anybody’s game. After the re-start Billy Vunipola rampaged over from a five-metre scrum to put the visitors back into the lead.

However, Australia continued to look dangerous and flanker Hooper, probably the All Gold’s best player throughout the series, stretched over. Then Leicester-bound Toomua burst through in midfield and gave 6ft 5in Wallaby full-back Folau a run to the line.

Australia lead by four points with 20 minutes to go, but then came George’s try, and Farrell’s accurate kicking put the tourists two scores ahead.

Taqele Naiyaravoro had the final word, but England already knew they had won.

Hartley noted: “We have scored 44 points and not played the perfect game yet, so there is still a lot to work on. Australia threw everything at us. We can all be proud of what we have achieved down under. We are very happy with the tour.”

England look forward to Autumn Internationals in 2016

In November the Autumn Internationals return to Twickenham with England playing four huge matches at “The Home of Rugby.”

England v South Africa – Saturday 12th November 2016

England v Fiji – Saturday 19th November 2016

England v Argentina – Saturday 26th November 2016

England v Australia – Saturday 3rd December 2016

For more information on our Twickenham Autumn International hospitality packages please follow the links.

 

England v Wales – Old Mutual Wealth Cup Preview

Sunday’s inaugural Old Mutual Wealth Cup at Twickenham will see England take on Wales, with both sides preparing for major summer tours to Australia and New Zealand. The game will be a rematch of the classic Six Nations encounter and will be anything but an end of season friendly.

Eddie Jones was able to select a strong squad for the game, but he will be without his contingent of Saracens and Exeter players who will be contesting the Aviva Premiership Final on Saturday. But the Australian has named four uncapped players in the match day 23.

Harrison to make England debut

Northampton Saints star Teimana Harrison will make his England debut at blindside flanker, after a stellar season with the East Midlands giants.

The 23-year-old went to the same high school as Six Nations winning skipper Dylan Hartley (Rotorua Boys School) and qualifies for England through his English father. After enjoying a breakout season, Jones has rewarded him with a Test Match debut and place in the squad for the Australia tour.

At number eight Jack Clifford will make his full debut, after several appearances off the bench during the Six Nations. While James Haskell will continue his role at openside flanker, with Matt Kvesic offering cover from the bench.

While Tommy Taylor and Ellis Genge could make their England debuts from the bench; along with centre Ollie Devoto.

In the backs Luther Burrell returns to the inside centre jersey for the first time since last August, while Marland Yarde starts on the wing in the absence of Jack Nowell.

Eddie Jones said, “This is an important Test match and a great opportunity for us to play some positive, physical rugby. We are a young team learning our craft, Wales are an experienced team; it’ll be great test for us.

“We can’t wait to get back Twickenham to play in front of a massive crowd. England versus Wales is a special occasion and we look forward to giving our loyal fans something to cheer about.”

Gatland selects strong team for England clash

Warren Gatland has been able to select a near full strength Wales side for the Old Mutual Cup clash, with Sam Warburton and Jonathan Davies the only notable absentees.

Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty replaces Warburton, winning his sixth Wales cap. While Dan Lydiate moves to openside flanker and takes over the captaincy.

In the backs the likes of Dan Biggar, George North, Jamie Roberts and Liam Williams all feature, meaning this will be a proper Test Match.


The Wales coach said: “It will be an important hit-out for both teams and as ever it will be an important Test match as it’s England v Wales at Twickenham.

“There is a lot of continuity in our squad and a great amount of experience and that is going to be vital over the next five weeks.”

This will be a must-see encounter.

For more information please see our Twickenham Autumn International hospitality packages and our Twickenham Six Nations hospitality packages.