England v Australia: Owen Farrell returns to England starting line-up

Kevin Spacey
Owen Farrell was left out of England’s win over Argentina
Autumn Internationals: England v Australia
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 18 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live; highlights on BBC Two from 19:30-20:30 (repeated on Red Button from 22:00-00:00); live text commentary and report on the BBC Sport website

Saracens centre Owen Farrell returns to the England starting XV for Saturday’s Test against Australia at Twickenham, with lock Maro Itoje on the bench.

Farrell replaces Henry Slade at inside centre after being rested for last weekend’s 21-8 win over Argentina.

With Mike Brown not considered for selection after concussion, Anthony Watson switches to full-back, while Jonny May starts on the wing.

“The players have had an extremely positive week,” said boss Eddie Jones.

“We will have to be effective in everything we do to win.”

Jones makes four changes from the side that faced the Pumas, with Joe Launchbury starting in the second row alongside Courtney Lawes and George Kruis left out.

Watson will start at full-back for the first time in his England career, while prop Joe Marler returns from suspension and is among the replacements.

England have beaten Australia on four occasions under Jones, but the Wallabies have seen off New Zealand and Wales in recent weeks.

“This is going to be a great challenge, as we know Australia have been in great form towards the end of their season,” said Jones.

Team: Watson, May, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, Hartley, Cole; Launchbury, Lawes; Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes.

Replacements: George, Marler, Williams, Itoje, Simmonds, Care, Slade, Rokoduguni.

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