England team to play Australia in Perth

Martin Johnson has named the following team to take on the Aussies at the Subiaco Oval on Saturday.

Shontayne Hape will win his first cap in his second England start, whilst Danny Care gets the nod ahead of Ben Youngs of Leicester.

Tom Croft returns to the side in place of James Haskell at 6, whilst Tim Payne starts at loosehead.

15-Ben Foden
14-Mark Cueto
13-Mike Tindall
12-Shontayne Hape
11-Chris Ashton
10-Toby Flood
9-Danny Care

8-Nick Easter
7-Lewis Moody (captain)
6-Tom Croft
5-Tom Palmer
4-Simon Shaw
3-Dan Cole
2-Steve Thompson
1-Tim Payne

George Chuter
David Wilson
Courtney Lawes
James Haskell
Ben Youngs
Jonny Wilkinson
Mathew Tait

Meanwhile, Australia have made a few changes to their side, with James O’Connor playing himself in at full-back, and Drew Mitchell returning in the wing.

James O’Connor, Digby Ioane, Rob Horne, Matt Giteau, Drew Mitchell, Quade Cooper, Luke Burgess; Richard Brown, David Pocock, Rocky Elsom (captain), Nathan Sharpe, Dean Mumm, Salesi Ma’afu, Saia Faingaa, Ben Daley.

Replacements: Huia Edmonds, James Slipper, Mark Chisholm, Matt Hodgson, Will Genia, Berrick Barnes, Kurtley Beale.

8 thoughts on “England team to play Australia in Perth

  1. Dare I say it – this team is looking reasonably exciting?!?! Let’s hope they can continue from the first half of the France 6N game and the forwards can generate enough explosive power to ignite the backs. The bench for once also looks exciting, with all 5 of the non-front-row replacements adding pace, power and dynamism.

    Maybe I’d better not watch it so my enthusiasm levels remain high!

  2. Thoroughly uninspiring centres, a winger who lacks international pace, best scrum half in the party on the bench, no 7 cover on the bench, an average lock and a fine lock who is sadly past his best, plus a prop who can barely scrummage.

    Yup, looks like a Jonno/Wells/Ford selection to me!

  3. Agree with Tom… mostly

    With Flutey injured, there arent many other centre options. Tait isnt going to be the player we hoped he would be & you cant introduce Waldouck on this stage. With such a large front 5 we need big centres to help out our back row on the ground, especially as Aus will be spraying the ball all over the shop.

    You can see the game plan & its going to be very very basic

  4. I don’t think it is far off the best we can put out. Payne is useless and either Flatman or Golding would have much better. I can’t understand why Hape didn’t play on Tuesday with Barkley starting this one but apart from that we haven’t got much more to choose from.

    Still, Elsom and Pocock in the back-row is enough to stop me getting too excited.

  5. why oh why is danny care starting ahead of ben youngs? ben youngs’ pass is twice as quick care’s plus he’s flood partner at leicester. Danny care has had a very average season at quins. Youngs has to start at least the next test. im also a little intrigued why croft was picked ahead of haskell, as i thought he was quite gd in the baba’s game? Hopefully the centres can draw some men letting foden and ashton run into space.

  6. I’m equally mystified by the Care decision, Rob. I thought Ben Youngs had done more than enough to prove himself to Johnno, and as you say, the fact that Flood is at 10 must have been in Youngs’ favour as well, but they still went with Care.

    I’m looking forward to seeing how Croft plays – he hasn’t really fired since the Lions Tour.

  7. Agree with all of the above. The contrast with the Aussie mentality is striking – they put a 19 year old out there in the warm-up game to prove his worth; he does it, so they start him. It’s a fair point by Chris that throwing Waldouck into this one would be a risk, but why hasn’t he been given the opportunity before?

    I think I’m less optimistic than most about this game…expect the Aussies to run in at least three tries (doubt we will score even one) and win by 10-15 points.

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