Australia 17-25 England LIVE! Rugby match stream, result and reaction after England level series in Brisbane

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England levelled their three-match summer series down under after a hard-fought second Test victory in Brisbane on Saturday. 20 points from the boot of former captain Owen Farrell, including six penalties, adding to Billy Vunipola’s early try eventually secured a much-needed 25-17 triumph for Eddie Jones’ tourists.

The Wallabies fought back with tries from fit-again prop ‘Tongan Thor’ Taniela Tupou and centre Samu Kerevi, but were hamstrung by yet more injury woes that will be of huge concern to head coach Dave Rennie. Australia’s impressive 10-Test winning streak at Suncorp Stadium is now a thing of the past.

England’s win - which snaps a four-game losing streak after a miserable first half of 2022 - means next Saturday’s (July 16) third and final Test at the Sydney Cricket Ground will serve as a mouthwatering winner-takes-all series decider between these old rivals. Follow all the latest reaction to another thrilling contest with Standard Sport‘s live blog below!

Australia vs England highlights

  • TRY! Kerevi moves Australia back in striking distance

  • Perese carted off as Australia’s injury woes continue

  • TRY! Tupou scores for Wallabies before half-time

  • Petaia and Itoje suffer blows to head in first half

  • TRY! Vunipola goes over early after lineout move

  • Willis withdrawn through injury with Joseph on bench

Hooper: Australia just need to execute better

19:19 , George Flood

“The collisions and ill-discipline — it was one-way traffic there,” Wallabies skipper Michael Hooper remarked about the opening 30 minutes in Brisbane.

“In terms of the second half, we came out knowing what we needed to do. We were excited by the fact when we got down to their end we were scoring points.

“Some pleasing things. We just need to execute a bit better.”

Rennie: Wallabies depth will be tested in decider

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“We lost the collisions early, they chocked us in our half for the first 30 minutes and we fell 17-0 behind,” said Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie, who has several more injuries to deal with after today’s bruising contest.

“When we played territory and got them down the right area of the field we could apply heat.

“We got to 22-17 and we had all the momentum, but you have to give them the credit. We have to look at our discipline and start better.

“Next Saturday is a decider and guys are playing for their country. We’ve got depth and that will be tested.”

Jones ‘loves’ speculation over England future

18:55 , George Flood

Jones also insisted that he enjoys the constant speculation over his future as England head coach...

“I like it,” he said. “I think it is fantastic. I love my mother ringing me up in the morning saying ‘are you going to get sacked? When do you have to move? Are you going to come back to Australia? Come back and live in Randwick’”.

“I love that. My poor mother. But I don’t mind it because I have made the choice to take the job and that’s always going to happen because there’s infatuation with sacking coaches now isn’t there?”

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Jones enjoys answering critics

18:53 , George Flood

“I love coaching at Suncorp Stadium, it’s a good experience,” Eddie Jones said in his post-match press conference.

“You have got 48,000 people all full of drink and all they want to see is their team win. When you turn them away, it’s a great experience. A great feeling.

“I was coming out from the coaches’ box and they all have their scarves on. When did Australians start wearing scarves? It’s all the rage isn’t it? They are not so smart now.

“Before the game they are coming up saying to me you are going to get belted tonight. Now they are a little bit more quiet. So that’s good. I enjoy that.”

BREAKING: Injured Itoje to miss Sydney decider

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A huge blow for England, with Eddie Jones now having confirmed that Maro Itoje will miss next weekend’s series decider in Sydney.

The Saracens lock was replaced by Ollie Chessum in the latter stages of the first half today after a heavy knock to the head and did not re-emerge after half-time having undergone a HIA.

“The medical situation with Maro is that he will be out next weekend,” Jones said in his post-match press conference.

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14:13 , George Flood

A vital performance from the tee for Owen Farrell.

Jack van Poortvliet was awarded man of the match honours, by the way. England’s scrum-half of the future?

Kerevi: We were our own worst enemies

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"I think we were our own worst enemies out there but England were outstanding," said Wallabies centre and second try-scorer Samu Kerevi.

"They went to their strengths in the set-piece and for that, credit to them."

Billy Vunipola: England were hurting

14:03 , George Flood

"I think we were hurting a lot from last week. The Australian pack beat us up there up front, especially towards the end of the game,” England try-scorer told Sky Sports.

"It was on us as forwards to get front-foot ball, I thought we did that, and our mauls and scrums were different level. It gave us a foothold in the game and eventually we came out on top.

"We want to come out next week and be better than we were this week. The first half, especially the first 35 minutes, I thought we were pretty good but we let them into the game. They're a good team, they put us under pressure.

"But the fact we were dominant up front gave us back that momentum and we eventually won the game.

"I was binned off for a year, because I wasn't performing up to the standard, there were two number eights playing better. All I've got to do is play really well all the time."

13:17 , George Flood

And breathe England fans!

A hard-fought victory that sets up a mouthwatering winner-takes-all series decider in Sydney next Saturday.

England’s four-match losing streak is over. A key morale boost for Eddie Jones and Co after a dismal run in 2022 to date.

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Full-time

13:12 , George Flood

Australia 17-25 England

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78 mins: Australia’s front row collapses at scrum time again and England are delighted as they boot for touch and bleed the clock once more.

The tourists are taking all the time in the world over set-pieces, as is their wont.

Referee Brace finally stops the clock as they set up this lineout.

Will Joseph is on for his senior England debut, meanwhile. A proud moment.

Missed penalty (Owen Farrell)

13:06 , George Flood

74 mins: No issue with the distance from Farrell from an awkward angle out on the left, but the accuracy is left wanting as the kick veers well wide.

Eight points the lead remains, but England have used up more crucial seconds.

Time is slipping away from the Wallabies.

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72 mins: England attack with another advantage as Nowell is this time quickly bundled into touch by Marika Koroibete after receiving another cross-field arrow.

This is a tough kick for Farrell to push the lead out to 11 and leave the Wallabies needing a couple of tries in the final few minutes.

The clock continues to tick down. England doing a good job of bleeding out the time in the final stages.

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70 mins: Arundell’s first involvement in Perth was a trademark dazzling try down the left wing, but here it’s a mistimed tackle in the air as he allows Australia to kick for a useful lineout as the clock ticks past the 70-minute mark.

But the Wallabies are thwarted by a monster turnover from Lawes, who quickly gets his significant frame over the ball and won’t be moved.

Fantastic from the England captain.

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69 mins: England get away with another breakdown infringement as O’Connor tries to kick right into the corner but can’t find touch as a diving Care keeps the ball in play with a tap to Steward.

Henry Arundell is on for England! A straight swap on the wing as debutant Freeman makes way.

Penalty! Australia 17-25 England | Owen Farrell 67'

12:55 , George Flood

67 mins: He wasn’t likely to miss that.

England’s lead is back up to eight points with 13 minutes left to play in Brisbane.

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12:54 , George Flood

65 mins: England have been on the defensive for most of this second half so far, but now burst into life after the turnover and speed deep into the Aussie 22 after Farrell’s clever diagonal kick into the hands of the livewire Nowell.

Steward is brought down agonisingly short and England can’t quite get over the line, but crucially they were attacking with a penalty advantage.

Farrell will have an easy chance to make this a two-score game once again.

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62 mins: Australia counter-attack with menace after a sloppy Van Poortvliet pass is taken by White.

Wright then boots forward and embarks upon a thrilling chase downfield with the crowd on their feet, then dragging Freeman out of play after vital covering work from the Northampton wing.

But the lineout throw is crooked! A huge let-off for England there.

Danny Care replaces Van Poortvliet.

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61 mins: Superb lineout work from Australia, though that’s such a waste from O’Connor as he puts boot to ball and spurns a decent attacking opportunity as it goes straight out of play on the halfway line.

England get their rolling maul working nicely and eat up the ground as they look to slow the game down and re-assert some authority, taking the sting out of a dangerous Wallabies fightback.

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60 mins: A crucial scrum penalty won there from England with Australia confident and baying for blood and more tries with only a five-point defict to overcome.

Angus Bell goes under.

Jones then replaces tighthead Stuart with Leicester’s Joe Heyes.

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59 mins: Some relief for England after a rare botched attack in the 22 from Australia.

They have the put-in at the scrum. Jones needs his forwards to get back in the game here, and quickly.

Four minutes left on Smith’s yellow card, by the way.

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57 mins: Ludlam replaces Underhill as England try to re-assert some dominance in the pack, with Australia’s forwards now fully controlling the battle.

Towering Brumbies lock Nick Frost is on for his Wallabies debut, though they’ve now lost Cadeyrn Neville to a knee injury on only his second appearance.

Dave Rennie will be wondering if this squad is cursed. The cart has to come out once again.

Watch: Kerevi notches second Australia try

12:40 , George Flood

Penalty! Australia 17-22 England | Noah Lolesio 54'

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54 mins: Lolesio’s latest successful kick makes it a five-point game with more than 25 minutes still to play in Brisbane.

England are up against it with Smith in the bin.

Changes in the front row from Jones, with George and Genge replaced by Cowan-Dickie and Mako Vunipola.

White leaps in joy after a tremendous touch-finder. All the momentum is with Australia.

The tide is firmly turning.

Yellow card - Marcus Smith (England)

12:36 , George Flood

52 mins: These are very worrying times for England, with Australia growing in confidence with every passing moment.

Underhill is rightly pinged for illegal work at the breakdown and Smith is then shown a yellow card for a subtle deliberate knock-on as White looked to tee up Kerevi.

White screams for the card and gets it. England down to 14 at a crucial period in this must-win Test.

12:32 , George Flood

50 mins: Australia had changed both of their props, with Scott Sio and James Slipper both entering the fray.

However, Sio has really hurt his shoulder there with an early tackle and it’s a swift return to action for loosehead Angus Bell.

TRY! Australia 14-22 England | Samu Kerevi 49'

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49 mins: Two trips to the 22, two tries for Australia.

The carrying is superb and England’s increasingly ragged defence are dragged this way and that.

Tupou is denied a second score of the evening, but no matter as powerful centre Kerevi is then teed up for a walk-in try.

The try stands after a check on the grounding.

Conversion made and Australia are back within striking distance.

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12:27 , George Flood

46 mins: England inexplicably let White’s kick-off bounce, causing all sorts of problems as the Wallabies again make a solid push at the scrum.

Australia batter their way towards the line and look nailed on for a second try...

Penalty! Australia 7-22 England | Owen Farrell 44'

12:23 , George Flood

43 mins: Australia apply some pressure at scrum time, but England are not overawed as they build more pressure and eventually get a penalty for offside.

Farrell points to the posts once more and pops over another straightforward kick.

England’s lead is back out to 15, more than two converted tries.

12:22 , George Flood

42 mins: James O’Connor comes on as Perese is carted off, consoled by his Wallabies team-mates as he goes.

O’Connor in conversation with fellow fly-half Lolesio as Australia have to re-arrange their back division.

12:19 , George Flood

41 mins: Perese’s return proves to be short-lived as he goes down in considerable pain after a horrible landing.

He’s in agony as he clutches his knee and has one hand over his face.

That looks like a serious injury. The cart comes out.

Perese was an early injury replacement for Petaia, remember. The Wallabies’ injury woes in this series have been something else.

12:17 , George Flood

40 mins: Perese back from the bin for Australia, while Petaia and Itoje have not re-emerged after their respective head injuries.

Second half underway

12:16 , George Flood

The teams are back out and we are back underway at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium.

A mammoth second half ahead.

Can England get the job done to force a series decider in Sydney next weekend?

12:09 , George Flood

A great moment before kick-off as Australia’s players sung their national anthem in the Yugambeh language, along with the Yugambeh youth choir:

Watch: Tupou hits back for Wallabies

12:06 , George Flood

Half-time

12:01 , George Flood

Australia 7-19 England

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41 mins: A silly mistake from Tom Wright, who comes through the middle of the ruck and takes down Van Poortvliet, but the ball wasn’t out yet.

The clock hits the red as Farrell tries to find the corner with an arrowed kick, but he doesn’t make it!

He’ll be really annoyed about that. England denied the chance to put more points on the board before half-time.

11:59 , George Flood

39 mins: The game is immediately stopped after a heavy blow to the head for Itoje as he tried to stop Paisami.

Thankfully the star Saracens lock is back up on his feet, but he’ll be taken down the tunnel for a head injury assessment.

On comes Ollie Chessum for the final minute of the first half.

11:58 , George Flood

38 mins: Australia are so clinical when they get into that England 22, as we saw in Perth last weekend.

But England and Jones will have plenty of complaints about the scrum penalty that set up that successful attack.

TRY! Australia 7-19 England | Taniela Tupou 37'

11:55 , George Flood

37 mins: Yes they can!

Australia, still down to 14 men remember, score on their first visit to England’s 22.

Angus Bell makes crucial yards with a fantastic break towards the line.

The ball is then whipped to ‘Tongan Thor’, who tucks it under and then drives through Smith and Farrell to register a much-needed first try for the Wallabies.

Lolesio was superb from the tee in Perth and makes an easy maiden conversion here.

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11:53 , George Flood

34 mins: Finally something to shout about for Australia, despite Genge once again spearing Tupou at the scrum.

On the other side, Stuart is penalised for dropping his bind, which looked harsh.

Can the Wallabies build a decent attacking platform for the first time with the interval approaching?

Penalty! Australia 0-19 England | Owen Farrell 31'

11:50 , George Flood

31 mins: Van Poortvliet has played beautifully for England in this first half an hour, by the way.

He’s marshalling the attack brilliantly well on his maiden start in senior international rugby.

England remain dominant and have another penalty after lock Cadeyrn Neville joins a maul incorrectly.

Farrell steps up and puts another one over with minimal fuss. 19-0.

11:46 , George Flood

27 mins: A superb tackle from Paisami to put Nowell into touch as the wily wing plotted a route into that right corner.

England got a fortunate break after some Smith disruption, with George plowing forward but missing the chance to play in Freeman on his left shoulder.

England will be very eager for another try here to hammer home their numerical advantage.

But that has hardly been their strong point in recent weeks...

11:44 , George Flood

25 mins: Both defences are tested under the high ball, with Nowell blasting Noah Lolesio after the fly-half’s solid aerial take.

Risky again from Australia as they try to play out from behind their own line with England pouring numbers forward in pursuit.

They get away with it again, but England are swiftly on the attack once more after White’s panicked clearance with the boot doesn’t find touch and is gobbled up by Hill.

But what a counter-ruck from Australia!

Penalty! Australia 0-16 England | Owen Farrell 22'

11:40 , George Flood

22 mins: Farrell maintains his 100 per cent start to proceedings with the boot.

The England lead grows and grows...

Yellow card - Izaia Perese (Australia)

11:39 , George Flood

22 mins: Boos from the home fans as Perese is sent to the sin bin for that attempted one-handed interception.

A costly error from the former rugby league star.

An easy chance for Farrell to extend England’s advantage even further from the tee...

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11:37 , George Flood

21 mins: More strong carrying inside the Wallabies 22 from Stuart, George and Vunipola.

England have an advantage for offside and Smith’s looping pass out to Freeman is knocked on by Perese.

The interception wouldn’t have mattered anyway, but the attempt could spell trouble for Australia’s replacement full-back.

The TMO is taking a look. I think this is going to be a yellow card...

11:35 , George Flood

19 mins: Australia are desperate to find some momentum as they riskily run out from their own 22.

They begin to put some phases together, but they concede another penalty after fantastic recovery work at the breakdown from skipper Lawes.

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17 mins: The ultra-aggressive Genge is certainly winning that battle with Tupou at the moment.

Another scrum penalty goes against Australia, who do manage to drive England back and recover possession following the subsequent lineout midway inside their own half.

Watch: Billy Vunipola scores England’s first try

11:32 , George Flood

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15 mins: The partisan home crowd want Genge booked for a forearm to the head of moustachioed Wallabies scrum-half Nic White.

The TMO takes a look, but referee Andrew Brace is content with just a penalty.

Genge lucky there, it must be said.

England cannot afford to lose their discipline after such a strong start to this crucial fixture.

Penalty! Australia 0-13 England | Owen Farrell 14'

11:28 , George Flood

14 mins: No mistake again from Farrell, who puts England 13 points up inside 15 minutes in Brisbane.

Jones on his feet in the coaches box. What an opening from his side.

11:26 , George Flood

11 mins: Hill is penalised for a botched attempted interception, but there’s no fireworks at that scrum as Australia are quickly whistled for an infringement.

The pressure is piled on again by England, who have another very kickable penalty for a dangerous clearout at a ruck just outside the opposition 22.

Penalty! Australia 0-10 England | Owen Farrell 9'

11:23 , George Flood

9 mins: England are just everywhere at the moment, ferocious all over the park and maintaining a fearsome intensity in both attack and defence.

Itoje does superbly well at the breakdown and the visitors eventually get a penalty for the Aussie tackler not rolling away.

Farrell steps up and drills his second kick through the posts. Injury-hit Australia look a bit blindsided by this blistering start.

TRY! Australia 0-7 England | Billy Vunipola 5'

11:19 , George Flood

5 mins: What a fantastic start to this must-win Test for England.

A training ground move at the lineout works perfectly, with Itoje popping George’s throw straight off to Vunipola.

The Wallabies defence is suckered in and all at sea as the No8 is driven over for the first try of the game.

Farrell had a mixed day from the tee in Perth, but makes a difficult first conversion.

Just what Eddie Jones would have wanted so far.

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11:17 , George Flood

4 mins: Yet another injury in this series for the Wallabies.

Petaia looks very groggy indeed after his head collided nastily with Freeman’s knee.

No way he can continue and he’ll go into the dressing room for further assessment, I wouldn’t expect to see him back.

Izaia Perese is on.

11:15 , George Flood

3 mins: Play goes on and Australia eventually call for the mark, with some monster physicality in the collisions as England come battering forward with pace once more.

A strong start for the tourists, with some huge carries from the likes of Billy Vunipola.

They are moving the ball quickly and with purpose out left, with Petaia down after a poor tackle attempt on Freeman.

But the Aussies steal it back at the breakdown. A fast and furious start to this crunch Test, as you might expect.

11:13 , George Flood

1 mins: A huge early burst from Genge as England look to make a dominant start, with Hooper smashed back by the rampaging prop.

Smith applies the pressure with a little grubber deep into the 22, but Australia manage to gather and clear their lines.

But a knock-on from Hooper has the ball swiftly back in English hands...

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Kick-off

11:11 , George Flood

We are underway in Brisbane!

Can England bounce back to level proceedings and force a huge series decider in Sydney next Saturday, or will Australia clinch the new Ella-Mobbs Trophy with a game to spare?

Here we go...

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11:09 , George Flood

After the crowd are fired up with some tribal chanting, it’s time for the national anthems.

God Save the Queen comes first, with the Wallabies now to sing Advance Australia Fair in the Yugambeh language alongside the Yugambeh Youth Choir.

11:04 , George Flood

Plenty of pre-match fireworks and pyrotechnics as the anticipation and atmosphere builds in Brisbane.

Here come England, slowly emerging from the tunnel led by Courtney Lawes.

Lawes and Jones have insisted this week that performance is more important than result today, though most fans would beg to differ.

A huge roar greets the Wallabies as they sprint out to the middle in their First Nations jerseys.

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In his pre-match interview with Sky Sports, Eddie Jones is unhappy about the watering of the pitch at what he calls one of the greatest rugby stadiums in the world.

He insists it has left a layer of water on the surface.

He is also expecting fireworks in that Genge vs Tupou front-row battle... if the referee allows them to scrummage properly.

10:55 , George Flood

Final preparations in Brisbane...

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10:41 , George Flood

As with last weekend’s first Test in Perth, it seems that kick-off this morning will be slightly later than advertised.

Sky saying it will be an 11:05am BST start at Brisbane’s Suncorp Stadium, where the Wallabies have won each of their last 10 Tests.

Their last defeat at the venue was by England during their famous series whitewash down under in 2016.

Jonathan Joseph, Marland Yarde and Jack Nowell all notched tries in that blistering 39-28 victory, England’s first ever win in Brisbane.

Owen Farrell also kicked 24 points on a memorable day.

Michael Hooper actually crossed twice for Australia that evening, along with tries for Tevita Kuridrani and Israel Folau.

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Lawes wins coin toss again

10:31 , George Flood

For the second Saturday in a row, England captain Courtney Lawes wins the pre-match coin toss and elects to kick-off.

Michael Hooper wants Australia playing from left to right in the first half at Suncorp Stadium, where the conditions should be primed for some quick attacking rugby.

Ireland’s Andrew Brace is today’s referee.

10:27 , George Flood

A closer look at those First Nations jerseys Australia will be wearing in Brisbane today...

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Ireland beat All Blacks in New Zealand for first time

10:25 , George Flood

History has been made in Dunedin today!

Ireland have beaten the All Blacks in New Zealand for the very first time.

Prop Andrew Porter scored two tries and captain Johnny Sexton added 13 points with the boot to win 23-12 and bounce back from last week’s 42-19 loss at Eden Park, levelling the series at 1-1.

What an achievement to set up a mouthwatering decider in Wellington next week.

The ill-disciplined All Blacks lost prop Angus Ta’avao to a first-half red card and also saw two yellow cards.

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Will Joseph poised for England debut

10:15 , George Flood

From being designated as ‘apprentice players’ on tour unlikely to be capped to both being on the bench for a must-win second Test... what a journey it’s been so far this summer for London Irish starlets Will Joseph and Henry Arundell.

Indeed, many believe the latter should be starting today after his trademark brilliant try with his first touch in senior international rugby off the bench in Perth.

How important a role could they both play here?

Australia mark Naidoc week in second Test

10:05 , George Flood

Australia are donning their First Nations jerseys at the Suncorp Stadium today, to mark Naidoc week.

The kits were designed by Kamilaroi-Gamilaraay man Dennis Golding.

The Wallabies will also sing their pre-match national anthem in the Yugambeh language alongside the Yugambeh Youth Choir.

They are paying tribute to Uncle Lloyd McDermott, who was the first Australia player to identify as a First Nations man.

“As a team, we’re extremely proud to be able to celebrate Naidoc week by wearing our First Nations jersey and singing in Uncle’s language on Saturday night in Brisbane,” said Australia head coach Dave Rennie.

“We put a lot of time into understanding who we play for and who we represent and the privilege to play for Australia isn’t lost on us.”

Willis replaced by Joseph in England squad

09:51 , George Flood

Some breaking team news from the England camp this morning.

Jack Willis has been withdrawn from the squad due to a rib injury.

His place on the bench is taken by Will Joseph, who joins fellow London Irish starlet and ‘apprentice player’ Henry Arundell.

Joseph, younger brother of England centre Jonathan Joseph, is therefore poised to earn his first senior international cap in Brisbane today.

Great for Joseph but a blow for Jones, who has had to revert to a 5:3 bench split and loses the significant impact of Willis at the breakdown off the bench.

Another setback for the desperately unlucky Wasps flanker, who has already battled back admirably from two major knee injuries aged 25 to get back into the England squad.

Jones rolls the dice but tourists in vital need of instant boost

09:48 , George Flood

Eddie Jones has nailed his colours to the World Cup mast for next year, but must be hoping history does not rewind nearly two-and-a-half decades here in Queensland, the scene of England’s most ignominious Test match, writes Adam Hathaway in Brisbane.

Boris Johnson is not the only high-profile national leader who has been under the cosh recently. Jones is feeling the heat, and the events here in 1998 still have English rugby fans breaking out in a cold sweat.

Twenty four years ago, England, under Clive Woodward, kicked off the notorious ‘Tour of Hell’ that killed many careers stone dead with a 76-0 defeat by the Wallabies.

Woodward travelled to the southern hemisphere with a callow squad who proceeded to lose seven games out of seven, including four Test matches, one to Australia, two to New Zealand and one to South Africa, and were hammered from pillar to post.

He was hamstrung by the withdrawals of a slew of players who had beaten the Springboks a year earlier with the Lions and many of their replacements were never to be seen again at the highest level.

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Australia vs England: Head to head results

09:37 , George Flood

Australia’s first-Test win snapped an eight-match losing streak against Eddie Jones’ England, their first win over their old rivals since they confirmed their humiliating exit from a home World Cup in 2015 at the pool stage.

The all-time record now stands level at 26 wins apiece from 53 matches, with one solitary draw.

However, it is worth noting that Australia have won all of their last 10 Tests at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

A tough test awaits for England to break that run this morning.

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Key battles

09:30 , George Flood

Nic White vs Jack van Poortvliet

This is perhaps Jones’s boldest selection. Danny Care tried his damnedest last week to make things happen in the face of some desperately slow ball, but the Leicester youngster’s sparky, try-scoring display off the bench has won him selection.

He is up against White, one of the canniest operators in the world, and one very familiar to England’s Exeter contingent, after his time in the west country.

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Key battles

09:22 , George Flood

Michael Hooper vs Sam Underhill

Underhill was the logical choice to come in for the concussed Tom Curry. He is the most experienced of the three options and will bring defensive ferocity.

One area he will be challenged is at the breakdown, where Hooper is a real wizard. Underhill needs to help win quicker ball, but Eddie Jones has opted for a beefed-up bench, including Jack Willis and Lewis Ludlam.

England want to go hard for 80 minutes.

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Key battles

09:10 , George Flood

Taniela Tupou vs Ellis Genge

This is an epic battle in the front row. Tupou was missing last week with a calf injury, and Genge had a good game. ‘Tongan Thor’ presents an altogether more aggressive challenge for the abrasive Bristolian, who does not take a backward step himself.

In a competitive field on the loose-head, Genge has emerged as England’s No1 and evolved into a key leader. This is a great opportunity to lay down a marker.

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Dallaglio: Jones has twisted when he should have stuck

09:05 , George Flood

England desperately need a win — any win — which is why I was slightly surprised by the team Eddie Jones has selected, writes Lawrence Dallaglio.

England have lost their last three games, as well as a non-cap game against the Barbarians. A big series is on the line and there is an appetite for results among England fans. Lose this game, the series is over, and it suddenly feels a long tour. Eddie’s rhetoric, though, is all about the World Cup next year.

There are fewer than 15 games to go until then, so it is absolutely fair enough to be thinking about it. You want your pairings and partnerships to be coming together at this stage.

Instead, he is chopping and changing. It feels a bit erratic, and lacking stability. And the results are not coming either.

England lost last week, but I thought Jones picked a team that was pretty much spot-on. It was a good-looking side that did not execute. The art, then, is knowing when to stick or twist.

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Australia vs England prediction

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This is must-win territory for England, who are reeling amid a dismal run of form and growing sense of disillusionment among the rugby public with Jones’ tenure.

They started with confidence in Perth and dominated after the interval, but could not provide the cutting edge needed to break the resolve of Australia’s 14 men and paid a heavy price.

Jones has rolled the dice on the selection front and will be desperate for Freeman and Porter to quickly justify their surprise selections.

Australia will be in buoyant mood after their first-Test comeback but lack continuity with so many injuries, which could well prove their undoing here.

England to win by a narrow margin and tee up a delicious winner-takes-all series decider in Sydney next weekend.

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Australia lineup

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Australia: Petaia; Wright, Paisami, Kerevi, Koroibete; Lolesio, White; Bell, Porecki, Tupou, Philip, Neville, Leota, Hooper (c), Valetini

Replacements: Fainga’a, Sio, Slipper, Frost, Samu, Gordon, O’Connor, Perese

Australia team news - Raft of changes as Tupou returns

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Australia have been decimated by injuries, with head coach Dave Rennie making seven changes from the first Test.

‘Tongan Thor’ Taniela Tupou is back from a calf injury and replaces Allan Alaalatoa at tighthead prop, with the latter suffering a head injury in Perth. The suspended Swain is replaced in the second row by Matt Phillip.

The Japan-bound Tom Banks broke his arm in the first Test and Andrew Kellaway has a hamstring injury, meaning a start at full-back for Jordan Petaia, who scored off the bench last week.

Tom Wright and Hunter Paisami also come in, with Len Ikitau out. There is still no place for former rugby league star Suliasi Vunivalu, with Noah Lolesio preferred to James O’Connor at fly-half following his first-Test performance with Quade Cooper (calf) still missing with the injury he sustained in the warm-up.

Nick Frost is poised to make his Australia debut from the bench, with Izaia Perese also drafted in as a replacement.

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England lineup

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England XV: Steward; Nowell, Porter, Farrell, Freeman; Smith, Van Poortvliet; Genge, George, Stuart, Itoje, Hill, Lawes (c), Underhill, B Vunipola

Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, M Vunipola, Heyes, Chessum, Ludlam, Joseph, Care, Arundell

England team news - Debuts for Freeman and Porter

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Eddie Jones has gambled on his team selection for this do-or-die clash, with debuts for Northampton wing Tommy Freeman and Leicester centre Guy Porter, who replace Joe Cokanasiga and Joe Marchant respectively.

Tigers scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet makes his first start in place of Danny Care after a try-scoring debut cameo off the bench in Perth, while Tom Curry - off the tour due to concussion - makes way on the openside for Sam Underhill, who wasn’t in the squad last week.

England have reverted to a 6:2 bench split, with London Irish starlet Henry Arundell again a replacement despite his own debut try off the bench last weekend.

The oft-debated Marcus Smith/Owen Farrell axis remains, with Jack Willis also coming into the matchday squad. Jonny May remains sidelines due to the lingering effects of Covid.

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How to watch Australia vs England

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TV channel: In the UK, Australia vs England will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Action, with coverage beginning at 10:15am BST

Live stream: Subscribers can also watch the action unfold live online using the Sky Go app.

Welcome to Australia vs England LIVE coverage

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Good morning and welcome to Standard Sport's LIVE coverage of the second Test between Australia and England!

Eddie Jones' team can have no excuses in Brisbane this morning as they desperately try to snap a four-match losing streak and force a winner-takes-all series decider in Sydney next weekend.

14-man Australia produced a stirring fightback despite Darcy Swain's red card to win the opening contest 30-28 in Perth seven days ago, finally ending an eight-game horror run against England teams managed by Jones.

The Wallabies picked up several damaging injuries in that memorable victory, though will still fancy their chances of clinching the series today having won each of their last 10 Tests at Suncorp Stadium.

Stay tuned for match build-up, all the latest team news and thoughts from both camps before live updates from kick off at 10:55am BST.

The stakes are huge - you won't want to miss this!

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