The Gloucester centre, who is speaking ahead of the clash in this video, started all five of England’s RBS 6 Nations matches in the No 12 shirt, but his international stock took a hit on the summer tour to New Zealand, while Kyle Eastmond and Owen Farrell were preferred in the first three games of this autumn’s series.
Head coach Stuart Lancaster’s continued experimentation less than a year out from the World Cup has gifted Twelvetrees another chance to highlight his ball-playing talents and stake a claim for a more permanent berth.
Twelvetrees will start alongside George Ford in a throwback to their time at Leicester Tigers, with the partnership capable of sparking some game-changing moments and threatening the Australian defence.
Much emphasis is put on England’s set-piece whenever Australia come to town, but the potency of the back-line will be under scrutiny after some largely toothless displays thus far, and the Gloucester playmaker will be at the heart of that.
The match is England’s final chance to strike a psychological blow against the Wallabies before their World Cup Pool A clash next October, as well as restoring some much-needed confidence after their failure to overcome the southern hemisphere’s premier sides in consecutive weekends.