Eddie Jones suffers his first defeat by the Wallabies since taking over as England coach
England Summer Tour Squad
England lost 30-28 to Australia in Perth – their first defeat by the Wallabies since 2015 and the first time Eddie Jones has been on the wrong side of a result against the country of his birth since taking over as head coach of those in white shirts.
Yet England were never able to pull clear on the scoreboard. They led 14-9 going into the last quarter after a try from Ellis Genge and penalty from Owen Farrell, but the Wallabies scored three tries in 15 minutes (two while Billy Vunipola was in the sin-bin for a dangerous tackle on Michael Hooper) to open up a 30-14 lead going into the closing stages.
A Henry Arundell try and another from Jack van Poortlviet – both winning their first caps for England – provided some positives in the final minutes, but Jones’s team will need to improve their cohesiveness and accuracy if they are to level the series in Brisbane next weekend.
England team to play Australia – Saturday 2 July
Freddie Steward; Jack Nowell, Joe Marchant, Owen Farrell, Joe Cokanasiga; Marcus Smith, Danny Care; Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Itoje, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes (captain), Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Jack van Poortlviet, Guy Porter, Henry Arundell.
England Summer Tour squad
Eddie Jones has named a 36-player England squad to travel on next month’s three-Test tour of Australia and it includes a return to the national set-up for Billy Vunipola.
The No 8 last played for England in the 2021 Six Nations but has enjoyed a strong season for Saracens and is recalled after a knee injury ruled out Harlequins’ Alex Dombrandt.
Of Vunipola’s recall, Jones said: “He needed to find his best. He wasn’t at his best the last Six Nations he played with us, he was a bit up and down, so we asked him to go away and find his best. Consistently for Saracens he has been close to that and in the final he was exceptional.”
Danny Care, who was brought into camp for the Barbarians game last week, is also in line to play his first Test for four years having been named as one of three scrum-halves in the travelling party with Harry Randall and Jack van Poortvliet.
England centurion Ben Youngs is not included amongst the nines, with Jones saying: “We’ve decided to rest him. We feel that is in his best interests at the moment.”
The squad includes eight uncapped players – Fraser Dingwall, Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter, Patrick Schickerling, Jack van Poortvliet, Jack Walker, Henry Arundell and Will Joseph. The latter two, both of London Irish, are named as apprentice players.
Experienced players like Kyle Sinckler, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi and Anthony Watson had already been ruled out of the tour, and added to the injury list following the weekend are Dombrandt and George Ford.
In the absence of Ford, Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith are the two out-and-out fly-halves, with George Furbank also able to cover ten and 15.
“This is another step towards the World Cup,” said Jones, who will not name a captain until the team are in Perth. “The balance for the World Cup is about good, experienced players with youth and experience. This is a nice, balanced squad.
“Guys like Billy and Danny deserve their recall and add experience to the squad, then you have young kids like Arundell and Joseph and Schickerling who add enthusiasm.”
The last time England toured Australia they beat the Wallabies 3-0 in the Test series. This time they face the Wallabies in Perth (Sat 2 July), Brisbane (Sat 9 July) and Sydney (Sat 16 July) and all matches will be live on Sky Sports.
The Australia squad for the England series, which will be captained by Michael Hooper, includes six uncapped players.
Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 35 caps)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 41 caps) Withdrawn from squad after suffering concussion in first Test
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 30 caps) Ruled out by a knee injury, replaced by Sam Jeffries
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 37 caps)
Jamie George (Saracens, 67 caps)
Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 3 caps)
Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 13 caps)
Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 7 caps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens, 57 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 94 caps)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 12 caps)
Bevan Rodd (Sale Sharks, 2 caps)
Patrick Schickerling (Exeter Chiefs, uncapped)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 63 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)
Jack Walker (Harlequins, uncapped)
Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)
Henry Arundell (London Irish, 1) *apprentice player
Danny Care (Harlequins, 85 caps)
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 12 caps)
Fraser Dingwall (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
Owen Farrell (Saracens, 95 caps)
Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, uncapped)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints, 6 caps)
Will Joseph (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice player
Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 13 caps)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 69 caps)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 40 caps)
Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
Harry Randall (Bristol Bears, 6 caps)
Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 11 caps)
Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 11 caps)
Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 1)
England Summer Tour Fixtures 2022
Sat 2 July, Australia 30-28 England
Sat 9 July, Australia v England (10.55am, Brisbane) Live on Sky Sports
Sat 16 July, Australia v England (10.55am, Sydney) Live on Sky Sports
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