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Friday Nov 16, 2012

O2 Inside Line: Episode 2, Season 3

O2 Inside Line: Episode 2, Season 3
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England host the Wallabies tomorrow for the Cook Cup and a chance for the visitors to redeem themselves after their loss to France last weekend. England meanwhile have only made one change to their team, with Chris Ashton returning.

The Wallabies have made four changes to their team as key players Berrick Barnes and Digby Ioane return to replace Mike Harris and Pat McCabe, while up front Sitaleki Timani and Ben Alexander come in for Kane Douglas and Sekope Kepu respectively.

“There aren’t too many challenges in Test rugby that are greater than playing England at Twickenham. We are playing an England side that has been building up under its new leadership, and will see Saturday as the chance to lay down a marker for the future,” said coach Robbie Deans.

England winger Ashton is back following suspension and takes the place of Ugo Monye, while Charlie Sharples moves to the left wing. Ashton scored the IRPA Try of the Year the last time the two sides met at the same venue in 2010.

“The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can’t wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match,” said England’s Stuart Lancaster.

In this week’s O2 Inside Line Player Cam returns, Mike Brown and Charlie Sharples analyse the Fiji game, the players talk haircuts, and host Layla announces the Moment of the Match.

England team: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Charlie Sharples, Toby Flood, Danny Care; Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Tom Palmer, Geoff Parling, Tom Johnson, Chris Robshaw, Thomas Waldrom
Replacements: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown 

Australia team: Berrick Barnes, Digby Ioane, Adam Ashley-Cooper, Ben Tapuai, Nick Cummins, Kurtley Beale, Nick Phipps, Benn Robinson, Tatafu Polota Nau, Ben Alexander, Sitaleki Timani, Nathan Sharpe (capt), Dave Dennis, Michael Hooper, Wycliff Palu.
Replacements: Stephen Moore, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, Radike Samo, Liam Gill, Brett Sheehan, Mike Harris, Drew Mitchell

England vs Australia, Saturday 17 November, Twickenham, Kick off: 14:30 GMT

To get the inside scoop on the England squad every week of the QBE Internationals, as well as fun features and team chat, sign up for alerts and watch O2 Inside Line on RFU TV at O2InsideLine.com

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  • technomouse
    12:42 PM 17/11/2012

    I think, from reading various Gloucester supporter's comments around the interweb, that Morgan hasn't yet found his feet at Gloucester and recovered the form he had at the Scarlets, probably just a case of adapting to their style so hopefully shouldn't be long before he's back where he was. I also suspect Lancaster wants a number 8 who can last the full 80, and I think Waldrom beats Morgan on fitness. Morgan is definitely the future at 8 though IMO.

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  • facepalm
    3:00 AM 17/11/2012

    Completely agree. Obviously playing well against 2nd division club players is very different to playing well against an international side. I've seen Waldrom do good things at Leicester, GOOD things. Never great. And to be honest for England I've not even seen good things. Just things. But surely there must be something preventing Morgan from being able to play. He wouldn't be dropped from the match day squad all together surely?! Back row for me is 6) Robshaw 7) Jimmy Hask 8) Morgan.

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  • facepalm
    7:32 PM 16/11/2012

    Can anyone here explain to me the the total exclusion of Ben Morgan? I don't recall him getting injured.

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  • stroudos
    2:25 PM 16/11/2012

    Only one small cameo and Hask still steals the entire show. Marler seems to be the only other one in the squad with any decent banter. Mind you, I suppose I wouldn't judge a comedian on his ability to play rugby... This was definitely less excruciating than episode 1, hopefully it continues to improve and by the time the six nations comes around it'll be back to Healey & Haskell standard!

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  • danknapp
    2:15 PM 16/11/2012

    Class. James Haskell is great value. Seems like there is a good vibe in the camp. Really good to see during the autumn internationals.

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