Live updates: Wallabies vs England, first international rugby union test in Perth

A new England?

It’s no exaggeration to say that England have been underwhelming over the past two years.

Their All Black-like dominance over the Wallabies aside, England have struggled elsewhere, limping to fifth in the 2021 Six Nations and third this year – with just two wins in each tournament.

In this year’s Six Nations, England have scored just eight tries in five matches, while in 2021 they have scored 12, but only Italy have scored fewer.

In the 2021 Autumn Internationals (of which England won all three matches, by the way), they scored 16 tries, heavily skewed by the 11 they scored against Tonga in that 69-3 .

Yes, that series did feature a 32-15 win over the Wallabies in which the English scored two nil tries, but that wasn’t quite enough to silence the clamor that suggested Eddie Jones needed to make the most of the talent he had.

Anyone who has spent time watching the Premiership will know that some of the rugby played is of the highest quality, with England-registered players scoring the length of field tries or orchestrating thrilling one-on-one rugby through the park.

So Jones acquiesced to those shouting from the sidelines to include players who could deliver magic.

In tonight’s XV, opening half of Harlequins and immense talent Marcus Smith received his own scrum-half to play with, Danny Carewho will make his first England appearance since 2018 after two years of incredible performances for the Quins.

Their teammate Joe Marchant is in the centers next door Owen Farrellwho was dismissed from the captaincy in favor of the flanker Courtney Lawes – although in truth Jones could have chosen him or Maro Itoje as an inspirational leader.

While we’re on the forwards, there was another inclusion that may have raised eyebrows for anyone who didn’t see him play in the Premiership last season, the number eight Billy Vunipola.who gets the green light after Alex Dombrandt’wound.

This pack is an aggressive, combative, brutal machine that will provide the grunt going forward, with loose men smashing the ball to first receiver more often than not.

This will leave the outer backs – Joe Cokanasiga, Jack Nowell and Freddie Stewardwith uncapped trio Jack van Poortvliet, Guy Porter and 19 years old Henry Arundell ready to come off the bench to do what they do best, dance around their opponents with rhythm and trickery.

In short, Jones chose the team that England fans climbed for.

It will be fascinating to see if it works.

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