Australia team to play England at Twickenham

Ewen McKenzie has named his side to take on England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ben Mowen takes over the captaincy from James Horwill, who retains his place in the second row, with Quade Cooper named vice-captain.

What do you think of the Wallabies side?

1. James Slipper (Queensland Reds)
2. Stephen Moore (ACT Brumbies)
3. Ben Alexander (ACT Brumbies)
4. Sitaleki Timani (NSW Waratahs)
5. James Horwill (Queensland Reds)
6. Scott Fardy (ACT Brumbies)
7. Michael Hooper (NSW Waratahs)
8. Ben Mowen (captain, ACT Brumbies)
9. Will Genia (Queensland Reds)
10. Quade Cooper (vc – Queensland Reds)
11. Nick Cummins (Western Force)
12. Matt Toomua (ACT Brumbies)
13. Tevita Kuridrani (ACT Brumbies)
14. Adam Ashley-Cooper (NSW Waratahs)
15. Israel Folau (NSW Waratahs)

Replacements: 16. Saia Fainga’a (Queensland Reds), 17. Benn Robinson (NSW Waratahs), 18. Sekope Kepu (NSW Waratahs), 19. Kane Douglas (NSW Waratahs), 20. Ben McCalman (Western Force), 21. Nic White (ACT Brumbies), 22. Christian Leali’ifano (ACT Brumbies), 23. Bernard Foley (NSW Waratahs).

8 thoughts on “Australia team to play England at Twickenham

  1. Surprised at Horwill losing the captaincy without being dropped.

    Forwards – England should have the upper hand. Slipper and Robinson are nothing to be afraid of, even without Corbs. Moore is good but the locks are mediocre. The backrow depends on which Mowen turns up, the one from the Lions tour or the far less effective one from the Rugby Championship. Hooper is quick but easily knocked off the ball

    Backs – very much dependent on Genia and Cooper. If Genia plays like he did in the first lions test then we’re in trouble. England really need to put pressure on these two, harry them into making mistakes and particularly push Cooper into trying to force the game. Apart from AAC, the rest of the backs are relatively inexperienced at this level (much like England) and Cooper having a melt-down will probably force the rest of them into errors.

    Finally, DO NOT kick the ball directly down Folau’s throat.

    1. Surprised on your comments about Hooper, he is a class operator. But generally agree that the pack is nothing we should be afraid of.

      Horwill is a very good player and I actually think keeping in the team but not as captain is a very shrewd move, we could see a reaction from him!

      All in all I do expect us to beat this side, but it’ll be far from easy.

      1. Hooper is brilliant when the game breaks up and he is a superb link man. However, although he gets to the ball quickly, unlike Pocock who is a human limpet, he is often knocked straight off it.

        Horwill I cannot make my mind up about. Sometimes he plays like a man possessed, other times he completely fades into the background. Who knows how having the captaincy removed will affect him

        Really not expecting this to be an easy game at all. I hope we can gain the upper hand in the forwards but keeping their backs quiet will be tough

        1. Agree with you on Horwill there, but still think your criticism of Hooper is wrong. I thought he handled himself very well at the breakdown against SA and NZ the rugby championship.

          He also gave us a lesson at the breakdown last year, so hopefully we don’t see a repeat of that!

  2. I’m guessing they are coming down the middle, lots of runners for Cooper to pick out.

    Not the most formidable front row in world rugby by any means, but bringing Timani in does add substantial grunt. They may struggle to get him airborne at the lineout but one thing he can do is push. Think we will shade it up front, but not sure we will be dominant though.

    My hope is we see a Lawes special on Cooper early in the game, make him think a bit more about attacking the gainline, literally knock him off his game.

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