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England took a narrow 6-3 lead over the Wallabies at Optus Stadium

The hosts suffered a blow as Quade Cooper retired late (calf). Noah Lolesio enters the starting line-up and James O’Connor on the bench.

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This was made worse by the loss of Tom Banks to an apparently broken arm after a horrific collision

Dave Rennie’s men welcome debutants David Porecki and Cadeyrn Neville to the line-up as they try to break an eight-game losing streak against England.

The visitors come into the competition after a mixed Six Nations, finishing third after two wins from five games.

They welcome back Owen Farrell, who slots into inside center, but he won’t captain the team as the honor goes to flanker Courtney Lawes.

Both teams will be eager to win the first Test, with the series set to head to Brisbane and Sydney in the next fortnight.


32′: The Wallabies are making strong progress as Angus Bell takes a break.

26′: Farrell misses his third penalty attempt as Allan Alaalatoa goes for an HIA

23′: Noah Lolesio reduces the margin after the hosts are awarded a scrum penalty England 6-3

21′: Tom Banks leaves after sustaining an apparent arm injury.

19′: Owen Farrell puts Tom Curry in a hole but a superb tackle from Marika Koroibete stops Joe Marchant. Farrell adds three more as they get a penalty England 6-0

11′: The visitors are looking for more points but Angus Bell’s great defense and plunder win the turnover.

9 ‘: The wallabies are looking for an answer but cannot connect at the time of the alignment.

6′: Owen Farrell adds the first points of the match via the boot. England 3-0

2′: England get the first attacking opportunity but the hosts’ attackers cause the turnover

LATE CHANGE: Quade Cooper retired late (calf). Noah Lolesio enters the starting line-up and James O’Connor on the bench.


PENS: Farrell 2/3


PENS: Lolesio 1/1

WALLABIES (1-15): Angus Bell, Dave Porecki, Allan Alaalatoa, Darcy Swain, Cadeyrn Neville, Rob Leota, Michael Hooper (c), Rob Valetini, Nic White, Noah Lolesio, Marika Koroibete, Samu Kerevi, Len Ikitau, Andrew Kellaway, Tom Banks

Reservations: Folau Fainga’a, Scott Sio, James Slipper, Matt Philip, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, James O’Connor, Jordan Petaia

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ENGLAND (1-15): Ellis Genge, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Itjoe, Jonny Hill, Courtney Lawes (c), Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, Marcus Smith, Joe Cokanasiga, Owen Farrell, Joe Marchant, Jack Nowell, Freddie Steward

Reservations: Luke Cowan-Dicke, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Ollie Chessum, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Van Poortvliet, Guy Porter, Henry Arundell

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Arbitrator: James Doleman (NZR)

Assistant referees: Andrew Brace (IRFU) and Craig Evans (WRU)

TMO: Brendon Pickerill (NZR)

The Wallabies v England series will air on TV on Nine Network and Stan Sport.

The first Test between the Wallabies and England will be shown live on Chanel Nine on Saturday evening, with coverage starting at 7.30pm.

The blockbuster will also be ad-free, live and on demand, with extensive coverage on Stan Sport starting at 7.15pm. This will include a dedicated Wallabies camera, as well as the ability to watch via Spidercam.

The first Test between the Wallabies and England kicks off at 7.55pm AEST / 5.55pm AWST at Optus Stadium on Saturday July 2

Coverage will begin on Channel Nine from 7:30 p.m. AEST free-to-air.

Meanwhile, coverage will be ad-free from 7:15 p.m. AEST and will continue throughout the game on Stan Sport.