Nathan Hughes and Marland Yarde in as England make two changes for Australia clash
By SSN HQ
Last Updated: 01/12/16 3:32pm
Eddie Jones has made two changes to his England side to face Australia in the final Autumn International on Saturday, live on Sky Sports 2, with Nathan Hughes and Marland Yarde included for the Twickenham clash.
Hughes, who won his first two caps in the victories over South Africa and Fiji earlier this autumn, will make his first start for England at No 8 in place of Billy Vunipola.
Yarde returns to the right wing in place of Jonny May, who switches wing with Elliot Daly dropping out of the squad. England's bench remains unchanged.
After Thursday morning's training session at Pennyhill Park, Dave Attwood and Semesa Rokoduguni were released from the squad and are free play for Bath in their Aviva Premiership clash with champions Saracens on Saturday.
"We've had a great week's preparation and we can't wait to get to Twickenham on Saturday with the crowd right behind us," said Jones.
"Nathan is a strong runner and will provide go-forward. As I've said before, I like one winger with pace which is Jonny May and then we want work-rate - Marland will work hard for us.
"The great thing about our team is that no-one is irreplaceable. We've had seven influential players missing throughout the autumn but we've been able to we'd fill that gap and that's the sort of team we are developing.
"Most big Test matches come down to the last 20 minutes and if you look back historically at big Test matches between England and Australia at Twickenham the last 20 minutes has always been a time where either team can win the game. The team that is the most composed, makes good decisions and physically pushes themselves is the team that is going to win the game."
England are seeking a record-equalling 14th successive Test win - a mark set by Sir Clive Woodward's World Cup winners in 2002-03 - and a fourth straight win over Australia having beaten them 3-0 in the summer.
"Australia have improved significantly since we last played them. The enduring feature of Australian rugby is their cleverness. They look like they are doing one thing and they do the other. They have got some quite clever two-phase variation plays and we are going to need to be on our guard.
"We want to make the game into a physical contest but we also need to be flexible and adaptable like we were against Argentina and if we do that we'll put ourselves in a good position to win the game.
"We've played three Test matches on the trot which is important because it replicates a World Cup pool. You get through the pool you then need to win every game to win the World Cup.
"We've won three from three so it's a great dress rehearsal for the World Cup. We need to win this game to progress to the next stage."
England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Marland Yarde, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 3 Dan Cole, 4 Courtney Lawes, 5 George Kruis, 6 Chris Robshaw, 7 Tom Wood, 8 Nathan Hughes.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Teimana Harrison, 21 Danny Care, 22 Ben Te'o, 23 Henry Slade.