Brisbane, Australia ( Associated Press) – The Wallabies are recovering new father Taniela Tupo from injury and giving Noah Lolesio plenty of notice that he will take on a play-making role, boosting his chances of a series-winning win against England.
After Darcy Swain’s first-half red card to win despite being a player and following the late return of flyhalf Quad Cooper in the first Test – with Lolesio again taking on the role of playmaker – the Australians are confident they will be back. Can go back-to-back against England at a venue where they are on a 10-Test winning streak.
Last week’s 30-28 win ended an eight-Test losing streak against the England lineup, guided by former England Wallabies coach Eddie Jones. England will have to make a quick comeback to keep the three-match series alive, while Australia can still look to build solidarity.
“It’s a confirmation that we are on the right track,” Hooper said of his opening series win in Perth. “It’s a confirmation that the things that we are putting in place are working. There were some things that didn’t go according to plan last week, that forced us to work our way up and we were able to do that.
“We’re doing some really cool stuff. The focus this week . . . (is) how we can get better.”
Wallabies Locke Swain was sent for foul play in the 31st minute last week when he retaliated against England’s Johnny Hill.
Hooper said that the Australian team was expecting the same from England going forward and they have to be careful how to deal with it.
“We can’t get sucked into that,” he said. “It is always a factor and dealing with it properly will be a challenge – but a good one.
“Smart about how you get out on top of it is important.”
The Australian skipper said he was looking forward to bringing a fresh Taupo back to the pack while adding some weight, speed and energy.
“He can be damaging in scandal. Harmful around the park,” Hopper said. “But playing your part, not drowning in things . . . is going to be really important.”
Taupo, who has been separated for two months due to calf strain, said he is feeling more energized since becoming a father for the first time last week. Their new son is Nella – Taupo’s nickname.
He said he looks forward to getting back in the thick of things directly against Prop Alice Geng, a meeting that could have a big impact on the outcome of the test.
“He is exceptionally explosive . . . it should be a good set-piece fight with him and Ellis,” said England forward coach Richard Cockerill. “So it all makes for a nice delicious evening.
“We want it to be gladiatorial, physical, we want people to come (and say) ‘First fight it’s going to be great, let’s go and see it.’ Let’s enjoy the physical parts, the spirited parts and, within the rules of the game, let’s get involved.”
Genge toured, but not the Wallabies’ last defeat at Suncorp Stadium in 2016, when England beat Australia. The 27-year-old Prop, who has been an England regular since 2019, said Australia’s record at the Brisbane venue made it a “fort” but not one that was impenetrable.
Jones knows that, having guided England to that victory in Brisbane six years earlier after scoring an unbeaten run at the Suncorp Stadium when he was Australia’s head coach.
He said that he was using the tour to prepare England for next year’s World Cup, and shuffled his backline to introduce Tommy Freeman and Guy Porter in the outside world, as well as Jack van Portvaliet. Gave a starting position to the half. Flanker Sam Underhill replaces Tom Curry at openside.
Injuries and suspension forced Australia coach Dave Rainey to change his winning combination, with Jordan Petia starting fullback to replace injured Tom Banks and Hunter Paisami at the cost of Len Ikitou, teammate Samu Carevi at centers. selected for.
Matt Phillips replaced Swain, who was suspended for the final two Tests of the series.
Australia: Jordan Petia, Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Samu Carevi, Marika Koroibet, Noah Lolesio, Nick White, Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper, Rob Leota, Cadren Neville, Matt Phillippe, Tanila Tupo, David Porecki, Angus Bell. Reserves: Folau Finga, Scott Seo, James Slipper, Nick Frost, Pete Samu, Jake Gordon, James O’Connor, Izia Perez.
England: Freddie Steward, Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Owen Farrell (c), Tommy Freeman, Marcus Smith, Jack van Portvalliet, Ellis Ganz, Jamie George, Will Stuart, Maro Etoje, Johnny Hill, Courtney Lodge, Sam Underhill, Billy Vunipola . Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Joe Hayes, Ollie Cheesam, Lewis Ludlam, Jack Willis, Danny Care, Henry Arundel.
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