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England complete series win in Australia

England's heroic defence propelled them to a maiden series success Down Under as Australia were crushed 23-7 at AAMI Stadium.

The rivals fought each other to a standstill in an ugly but captivating second Test from which the Grand Slam champions emerged emphatic winners despite spending most of the second half halting waves of attacks from the Wallabies.

England were too good for Australia. Credit: Reuters

Captain Dylan Hartley, who became England's most capped hooker, crossed in the first half before Owen Farrell added the decisive try with six minutes remaining.

The outstanding Farrell also kicked three penalties and two conversions, but this was a victory founded on the spirit that was evident during stirring rearguard action as Australia probed the whitewash.

The commitment was epitomised by former captain Chris Robshaw, who celebrated his 50th cap with a man of the match performance.

George Ford back at fly-half for second Test in Australia

George Ford. Credit: PA

England will restore George Ford at fly-half for Saturday's second Test against Australia at AAMI Park.

Eddie Jones will reunite the Grand Slam-winning 10-12 axis of Ford and Owen Farrell as the tourists target the victory that will complete an historic series in the southern hemisphere.

Ford was brought on in the 29th minute of the 39-28 victory in Brisbane with Luther Burrell, who had been exposed in defence on several occasions, making way.

The reshuffle saw Farrell, the starting fly-half, replace Burrell at inside centre and the change in personnel provided the catalyst for England's fightback.

A bold early substitution by Jones was rewarded with arguably Ford's best performance in 24 caps after the 23-year-old's vision set-up tries for wings Marland Yarde and Jack Nowell.

It is hoped the twin playmakers will offer England the direction they need if they are to seize an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series.

"Australia will be desperate because they will be disappointed with the first result," Ford said.

Farrell replaces Ford in England line-up

Owen Farrell steps in for Ford. Credit: PA

Owen Farrell will make his first start at fly-half under head coach Eddie Jones after George Ford was dropped for England's opening Test against Australia on Saturday.

Farrell, who has been in outstanding form for double winners Saracens, will act as playmaker-in-chief at Suncorp Stadium after playing every match of the recent Grand Slam triumph at inside centre.

Luther Burrell fills the number 12 shirt vacated by Farrell despite only having been called into the touring party once Manu Tuilagi was ruled out by a hamstring injury.


Cheika: Australia wanted England's Te'o

Ben Te'o is in the England squad. Credit: PA

Michael Cheika has revealed that Australia were unable to persuade Ben Te'o to pledge his allegiance to the Wallabies due to the financial rewards on offer in the Aviva Premiership.

Uncapped Te'o is part of England's 32-man squad picked for the three-Test series Down Under and could start the Brisbane opener next Saturday if Eddie Jones deems his power is needed at inside centre.

Two successful seasons at Leinster has seen the rugby league convert lured to Worcester for next season and he qualifies for Jones' Grand Slam champions through an English mother.

We would have loved to have Ben back here playing for Australia.

I wouldn't hesitate to say that we tried to get him to come back and play in Super Rugby but as we've seen before, the English game has more money than we have.

They've come in and have got a lot more resources to put in their game than we have. Sometimes you just can't compete with the pound, that's the way it is. I'm sure he'll do very well for England.

– Michael Cheika

Teimana Harrison to make England debut against Wales

Harrison will make his debut against Wales on Sunday. Credit: PA

England will give Teimana Harrison his debut in Sunday's Test against Wales at Twickenham after selecting the New Zealand-born back row in place of Chris Robshaw.

Harrison is picked at blindside flanker in a straight swap for Robshaw, who is also omitted from the bench after being rested by head coach Eddie Jones ahead of next month's tour to Australia.

The 23-year-old Harrison has enjoyed a stellar season at Northampton, where his determination, athleticism and skill at the breakdown have propelled him into the England team.

"Teimana gets a start at six, which is a great chance for him to make a statement ahead of the tour to Australia," Jones said.

Jack Clifford wins his first start in six caps at number eight with James Haskell's presence at openside completing the back row.

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