England Rugby name Farrell at 10 for Australia

England have named Owen Farrell at 10 ahead of George Ford for their first test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday (kick-off 11am UK time).

It is the first time under Eddie Jones that Owen Farrell has started at ou-half, having played at centre while England will be captained by Dylan Hartley.

Saracens’ Owen Farrell starts at fly-half with Northampton Saints’ Luther Burrell alongside him at inside centre. Harlequins’ Marland Yarde retains his place on the wing after a strong performance against Wales at Twickenham on 29 May. The pack is unchanged from the one that started in Paris earlier in the year when England beat France to be crowned RBS 6 Nations champions.

Full-back Mike Brown will win his 50th England cap when he runs out at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.

“We have picked a side to win in Brisbane,” said England head coach Eddie Jones. “As always selection was tight and naturally players are disappointed, but we’ve gone with a 23 that has a good mix of experience and youth.

“We aim to win every Test match we play and I am pleased with our preparation since we landed in Australia. The group have acclimatised well, trained hard and there’s a buzz around the camp.

“If you look at England’s record in Australia it’s pretty ordinary. We’ve only ever won three games in Australia so it’s a great opportunity to put down a marker and create history. It’s important we get off to a positive start and we’ll arrive in Brisbane ready to play physical and aggressive rugby.

“We’re excited to be playing against a strong Australian team in their backyard. The Wallabies are ranked second in the world and have the World Rugby coach of the year, so that’s why they start as favourites. There’s a lot of expectation on them to win the series convincingly.

“We have a young squad with an average age of 24 so we are still developing and improving. It’ll be a great challenge for us and one we’re looking forward to meeting head on.”

England team to face Australia:

15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs.

1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Maro Itoje, 5 George Kruis, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 James Haskell, 8 Billy Vunipola

Replacements:

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell.




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