Sunday 22 September 2019

Eddie Jones names strong England side for Australia Test with Manu Tuilagi among the replacements

England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs
England head coach Eddie Jones speaks to the media. Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs Newsdesk Newsdesk

England have named Manu Tuilagi and Dylan Hartley on the bench for Saturday's clash with Australia at Twickenham.

Tuilagi is set to make his first appearance of the autumn series when it reaches its climax against the Wallabies, having missed the opening three games because of a groin strain.

In a surprise selection, the Leicester centre is joined among the replacements by England co-captain Hartley, who loses out to Jamie George in the race to start as hooker.

Whenever England have played top opposition, Hartley has been first choice in the position since Eddie Jones took over at the end of 2015, but is now confined to a bench role.

The 32-year-old started the Tests against South Africa and New Zealand earlier this month, but was demoted for Japan's visit to Twickenham and was expected to be restored to the starting XV for the climax to the Quilter Internationals.

Jack Nowell was due to be named on the right wing only to be ruled out by what is thought to be a hamstring injury, giving Joe Cokanasiga the chance to win his second cap.

Ben Te'o returns at inside centre as one of nine changes made to the side that laboured to a 35-15 victory over Japan.

The first choice half-back pairing of Owen Farrell and Ben Youngs are reunited, while Jonny May is back on the left wing as England target a sixth successive victory over Australia.

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