England v Australia, Autumn Internationals 2021: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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England v Australia, Autumn Internationals 2021: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - REUTERS
England v Australia, Autumn Internationals 2021: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - REUTERS

England's second match of their Autumn Internationals 2021 campaign, also known as the Autumn Nations Series, is against Australia at Twickenham.

Australia's autumn tour has been hit by several front-line withdrawals after Samu Kerevi, Sean McMahon and Quade Cooper all opted to stay in Japan rather than travel to the UK.

When is it?

Saturday, November 13.

What time is kick-off?

5.30pm GMT.

What TV channel is it on?

Amazon Prime Video will be streaming all England's games.

What is the latest team news?

England have added Harlequins wing Louis Lynagh to their squad for the Autumn Nations Series.

Lynagh, the son of Australia great Michael Lynagh, was selected in an extended training group for the first time in September but was then jettisoned when Eddie Jones reduced his group for the Tests at Twickenham to 34 players.

The 20 year-old's inclusion comes after the Wallabies last week expressed an interest in securing his national allegiance, while he is also qualified to play for Italy.

Harry Randall's prospects of adding to the two caps he won in July appear remote after being forced to withdraw from the squad because of a hip flexor injury with fellow rookie Alex Mitchell taking his place.

Jones had earlier suffered a double blow when he lost Anthony Watson and Luke Cowan-Dickie to injury.

However, Maro Itoje's participation in the three matches against Tonga, Australia and South Africa is not in doubt.

Itoje injured a shoulder in Saracens' 71-17 victory against Bath but it is not thought to threaten his involvement. The prognosis was far bleaker for Bath wing Watson, though, who ruptured an anterior cruciate ligament in a potential season-ending injury in the same game. He has been replaced in Jones' squad by Harlequins centre Joe Marchant.

Watson's participation in the Six Nations is also doubtful with ACL lay-offs typically ranging from seven to nine months, although he will be visiting a specialist knee consultant.

Exeter hooker Cowan-Dickie is likely to be out for at least two months after suffering what the Chiefs described as a "significant ankle injury" in their victory away to Wasps. That meant a reprieve for Saracens' Jamie George, who was one of four 50-cappers Jones, the head coach, dropped from his squad along with George Ford and Billy and Mako Vunipola.

What are Telegraph writers saying?

Eddie Jones' consulting role with Suntory Sungoliath has come under further scrutiny, reports our senior rugby writer Charlie Morgan, after Samu Kerevi, Australia's star centre, opted to stay with his Japanese club side rather than tour with the Wallabies and potentially face England at Twickenham.

Kerevi, back-rower Sean McMahon and most recently fly-half Quade Cooper have all decided not travel to Europe for the Wallabies' fixtures against Scotland, England and Wales in November.

Instead, despite World Rugby's regulation nine decreeing that clubs should make their players available for their country during designated international windows, Kerevi and McMahon are to remain in Japan to help Suntory prepare for the 2022 season, which begins in January. Cooper will also stay with his Japanese club Kintetsu.

It has been stressed to Telegraph Sport that Jones, whose association with Suntory stretches back over 20 years, had nothing to do with the decision.

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What are the odds?

TBC

What is our prediction?

Prior to the news that Australia will be without Kerevi, McMahon and Cooper, you'd have said they had a great chance of coming away from Twickenham with a win. The Wallabies won all five Tests started by Cooper this year, including two Tests against South Africa. Without that trio, however, England should come out on top.
Predicted score: England 23 Australia 17

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