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Australia v England live stream: How to watch the 2022 Test series
The Wallabies will play their first game of 2022 beyond the halfway point of the year versus England this week. They'll be keen to put last year's poor finish behind them after 3 straight losses in the UK. They dropped to 6th in the world in the process.
Eddie Jones returns to Australia eager to inspire England out of their recent slump in a tantalising three-match series Down Under.
Jones is aware of the threat the Wallabies pose as he seeks a ninth straight victory over the country of his birth.
But there is troubling form for the Red Rose to overcome, after recent losses to Ireland, France and then the thrashing at Twickenham two weeks ago against the Barbarians.
The last time Eddie Jones took England to Australia, in 2016, they won the Test series 3-0. Will it be the same in 2022?
England have beaten the Wallabies eight times with Jones at the helm, including last November, but they have had a pretty poor 2022 with only two wins in the Six Nations and a heavy defeat by the Barbarians in an uncapped match before departure.
Owen Farrell has been named at inside-centre for this first Test, but Courtney Lawes will captain the side in Perth. Billy Vunipola and Danny Care also return to the Test team after lengthy spells out of the national set-up.
There are two debutants in the Australia line-up to face England this Saturday in Perth – hooker David Porecki and lock Cadeyrn Neville. Quade Cooper is at fly-half but they are without Taniela Tupou, the tighthead ruled out by injury.
These are the line-ups for the first Test in Perth and below we explain how you can watch the match.
This series will also serve as a marker for next year’s 2023 Rugby World Cup in France, something Jones is accutely aware of: “I think every international coach is under pressure,” Jones said. “I’m under pressure because we haven’t had results good enough, that’s obvious. Our expectations are high, the media’s expectations are high, everyone’s expectations high and that’s OK. Dave (Wallabies coach Dave Rennie) is under pressure, across the ditch they’re (Foster) under pressure . . . that’s part of the job that we like and enjoy and accept the responsibilities of that pressure.”
Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the international in Perth:
When is Australia vs England?
The match will be played at the Optus Stadium in Perth, on Saturday 2 July, kick-off is slated for 10:55am BST and 7:15pm local time.
Where can I watch it?
The match is on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action, coverage starts at 10:15am BST.
As well as showing England in Australia this summer, Sky Sports will have Ireland’s five-match tour of New Zealand, Wales’ three-Test tour of South Africa and Scotland’s three-Test tour of Argentina.
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What is the team news?
Dave Rennie hands out debuts to lock Cadeyrn Neville and hooker David Porecki.
The tourists lose Charlie Ewels to a knee injury sustained in training on Wednesday, with Sam Jeffries stepping up as his replacement.
Billy Vunipola and Danny Care return to the starting lineup for England, Courtney Lawes retains the captaincy over Owen Farrell, while Tom Curry completes the back-row.
Leicester full-back Freddie Steward, Exeter wing Jack Nowell, and Bath's Joe Cokanasiga start in the backs, but Jonny May is out after testing positive for Covid after landing in Australia. Harlequins centre Joe Marchant starts alongside Farrell, while Marcus Smith is matched up alongside Care at half-back.
Ellis Genge, set for a move to Bristol, joins Jamie George and Will Stuart in the front row with Jones opting for Maro Itoje and Jonny Hill in the second row.
Australia team to face England: Banks; Kellaway, Ikitau, Kerevi, Koroibete; Cooper, White; Bell, Porecki, Alaalatoa, Swain, Neville, Leota, Hooper (capt), Valetini.
Replacements: Fainga’a, Sio, Slipper, Philip, Samu, Gordon, Lolesio, Petaia.
England team to face Australia: Steward; Nowell, Marchant, Farrell, Cokanasiga; Smith, Care; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Hill, Lawes (capt), Curry, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Heyes, Chessum, Ludlam, Van Poortlviet, Porter, Arundell.
The Wallabies could spring a surprise due to no matches this year or they may well be undercooked.
But judging Eddie Jones’ side based on the heavy loss to the Barbarians would be naive, it could easily serve to stimulate the group and spark a reaction. With England holding the edge over their rivals in recent times, we’ll lean to the Red Rose rallying Down Under to pull off the upset.
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