England coach Clive Woodward has made eight changes, one positional, from the side beaten by Ireland, for Saturday’s game against Australia.
England coach Clive Woodward has made eight changes, one positional, from the side beaten by Ireland, for Saturday’s game against world champions Australia.
Veteran prop Jason Leonard is dropped to the bench, Matt Dawson is dropped entirely and Jason Robinson is selected at full back ahead of such notables as out of form Iain Balshaw and very much in-form Tim Stimpson. Stimpson’s Leicester colleague Ben Kay will partner Danny Grewcock in the second row and Sale out-half Charlie Hodgson, earns a call up as cover to Johnny Wilkinson.
England: Jason Robinson (Sale), Austin Healey (Leicester), Will Greenwood (Harlequins), Mike Catt (Bath), Dan Luger (Saracens), Jonny Wilkinson (Newcastle), Kyran Bracken (Saracens), Graham Rowntree (Leicester), Dorian West (Leicester), Phil Vickery (Gloucester); Ben Kay (Leicester), Danny Grewcock (Bath); Richard Hill (Saracens),
Neil Back (Leicester), Joe Worsley (Wasps).
Replacements: Mark Regan (Bath), Jason Leonard (Harlequins), Steve Borthwick (Bath), Lewis Moody (Leicester), Charlie Hodgson (Sale), Ben Cohen (Northampton), Matt Perry (Bath).