England vs Australia LIVE: Latest updates as England and Australia fight for Cook Cup

Eddie Jones’ side have beaten South Africa and Japan either side of a narrow defeat to New Zealand.

And the England head coach is delighted by the way his side have bounced back after suffering six losses on the spin earlier this year.


“You’ve got to have failure to have growth,” Eddie Jones said. “This team is growing, growing in depth, growing in leadership density, growing in the interaction between the players.

“What we’ve seen since the South Africa tour is the fighting spirit within this side and that is only going to get better.”

Australia coach Michael Cheika, meanwhile, has come out in defence of his countryman Jones, who’s been given flak.

“Call me thick, but I can’t understand why he’s been getting grief,” said Cheika. “Maybe they’re giving him grief because he’s an Aussie. The team’s ranked fourth in the world, playing lots of good footy, so I’m not sure what people are looking for. Perfection? That’s never happening. You win some games, you lose some games.”

England and Australia will be competing today for the Cook Cup, a trophy created in 1997.

England vs Australia team news

England XV: 15. Elliot Daly, 14. Joe Cokanasiga, 13. Henry Slade, 12. Ben Te’o, 11. Jonny May, 10. Owen Farrell, 9. Ben Youngs; 1. Ben Moon, 2. Jamie George, 3. Kyle Sinckler, 4. Maro Itoje, 5. Courtney Lawes, 6. Brad Shields, 7. Sam Underhill, 8. Mark Wilson.

Replacements: 16. Dylan Hartley, 17. Alec Hepburn, 18. Harry Williams, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Richard Wigglesworth, 22. George Ford, 23. Manu Tuilagi.

Australia XV: 15. Israel Folau, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 13. Samu Kerevi, 12. Bernard Foley, 11. Jack Maddocks, 10. Matt To’omua, 9. Will Genia; 1. Scott Sio, 2. Tolu Latu, 3. Sekope Kefu, 4. Izack Rodda, 5. Adam Coleman, 6. Jack Dempsey, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. David Pocock.

Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Jermaine Ainsley, 18. Allan Alaalatoa, 19. Rob Simmons, 20. Ned Hanigan, 21. Pete Samu, 22. Nick Phipps, 23. Sefa Naivalu.

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