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Australia vs England 1st Test Tips - Can the Wallabies down the Red Rose?

30 Jun 2022
Ben Darvill 30 Jun 2022
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Marika Koroibete of the Wallabies
Marika Koroibete of the Wallabies. (Photo by Albert Perez/Getty Images)

Australia vs England 1st Test Tips

While this may not be the most high-powered of tours, it is likely the most interesting considering the state the two teams find themselves in. For Australia, this a tour that they will be desperate to find some cohesion in, although they will likely be the first to say that this is a time of transition for the nation.

For England, they have seemed constantly in transition of late, and the critics are now citing that Eddie Jones and his side need to show a clear path in how they play and what they are aiming for as the World Cup edges ever closer. 

Australia Last 5 Results 

  • Wales 29 Australia 28 
  • England 32 Australia 15
  • Scotland 15 Australia 13 
  • Japan 23 Australia 32
  • Australia 32 Argentina 17 

Australia Form 

Australia have been awful of late, losing their last three matches in a row. Defeats at the hands of Wales and Scotland came in exceptionally tight battles that could have gone either way. However, the rub of the green was with the Scottish and Welsh, with these tight losses sandwiching a humbling loss to England.

Positively for the Aussies, their last three home games have resulted in two wins over Argentina and a win over South Africa. This match constitutes a real chance for the Aussies to pick up a huge win over another top tier nation. Of all of the sides in that bracket, England and Australia are among the weakest right now, meaning either could win this one. 

A strong presence at the scrum is vital for the Aussies as they need to set a base for themselves at the set piece. If they can throw in some line-out steals and consistent disruption at the breakdown, then it will give England problems. We expect Rob Valetini in particular to try to disrupt Marcus Smith at 10, whether that is the eight targeting the Englishman whenever the latter gets the ball, or the forward choosing specific running lines at his smaller opponent. 

Australia XV To Play England 

  1. Angus Bell
  2. David Porecki
  3. Allan Alaalatoa 
  4. Darcy Swain
  5. Cadeyrn Neville
  6. Rob Leota
  7. Michael Hooper (c)
  8. Rob Valetini
  9. Nic White
  10. Quade Cooper
  11. Marika Koroibete
  12. Samu Kerevi
  13. Len Ikitau
  14. Andrew Kellaway
  15. Tom Banks 

England Last 5 Results 

  • England 21 Barbarians 52
  • France 25 England 13 
  • England 15 Ireland 32
  • England 23 Wales 19
  • Italy 0 England 33

England Form 

Like Australia, England have been very inconsistent of late. Their poor Six Nations campaign ended in the side finishing in third in the table, but they were 11 points short of second-placed Ireland and 15 behind Grand Slam champions France. While the gap between England the winners of the Six Nations was big on paper, it was even bigger on the pitch. 

Eddie Jones has been struggling for consistency in both his selection and results. England have played some decent rugby of late, but they have let themselves down by giving away too many penalties, losing the ball through unforced errors and being unable to take their chances. 

The inclusion of Harlequins nine-10 axis Danny Care and Marcus Smith should bring some much needed cohesion to the England backline, while the return of former-captain Owen Farrell to 12 takes all of the pressure of dead ball kicking off Smith, alowing him to focus on his game with the ball in hand. 

Jack Nowell returns on the wing while Billy Vunipola will be looking to break down some doors at eight. Freddie Steward could have the biggest role of all at full-back, with the Aussies likely to test him a few times with the high ball. 

England XV To Play Australia 

  1. Ellis Genge
  2. Jamie George
  3. Will Stuart
  4. Maro Itoje
  5. Jonny Hill
  6. Courtney Lawes (c)
  7. Tom Curry 
  8. Billy Vunipola
  9. Danny Care
  10. Marcus Smith
  11. Joe Cokanasiga
  12. Owen Farrell
  13. Joe Marchant
  14. Jack Nowell
  15. Freddie Steward

Australia vs England 1st Test FAQs

When does Australia vs England start?

The game will start at 19:55 AEST on Saturday, July 2. 



This will likely be a very tight game in which mistakes are punished, rather than it being a game of flowing rugby. While Australia come into the contest with home advantage at their backs, we are backing what looks like a strong England side that is full of Test caps to put the pressure on some of the Australian newbies. We are therefore backing and England win, and for the tourists to win by 1-12 points. 

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