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Australia v England LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates from first Test as Darcy Swain sent off


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England kick off their summer tour against Australia in Perth today.

Courtney Lawes captains the side with Owen Farrell overlooked for the first time since 2018, with head coach Eddie Jones impressed with how the Northampton flanker deputised in the autumn and Six Nations. Farrell has made a full recovery from the ankle injuries and starts at 12 between between fly-half Marcus Smith and outside centre Joe Marchant.

Joe Cokanasiga is named on the left wing for his first Test for a year while Danny Care completes his stunning international comeback by starting at scrum-half with the uncapped Jack van Poortvliet – rather than Harry Randall – on the bench as cover.

For Australia, Quade Cooper was set to play his first Test since helping the Wallabies to a narrow win against Japan in October but after an injury in the warm-up it’s Noah Lolesio in the number 10 jersey. James O’Connor stepped on to the bench after initially being left out of the matchday 23 altogether. Follow all the action with our live blog:

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Australia 9-6 England, 44 minutes

Freddie Steward claims Nic White’s box kick near the right touchline, and does well to keep his limbs infield. Marcus Smith twice takes on the line but can’t find a half-gap, and on the second occasion loses control of the ball.

Andrew Kellaway kicks up the right-hand side and Owen Farrell shepherds it into touch.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:19

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PENALTY! AUSTRALIA 9-6 England (Noah Lolesio penalty, 43 minutes)

Virtually a copy and paste of the penalty that drew Australia level on the stroke of half-time – Noah Lolesio pushes the home side into the lead for the first time.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:17

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Australia 6-6 England, 41 minutes

A half-time change for England – Lewis Ludlam is out there in the place of Tom Curry, and immediately in to his defensive work as Marika Koroibete arcs infield with intent straight into the replacement flanker.

Maro Itoje is penalised for going off his feet. Jonny Hill’s period in the sin bin comes to an end as Noah Lolesio again looks towards the posts.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:16

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The second half is underway!

Still 14 against 14 for now.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:14

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Back out there

The two sides pop back out there. England have already lost once this summer to a 14-man team after an Australian second row had been sent off – what price on twice?

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:14

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H/T: Australia 6-6 England

I think Eddie Jones will be relatively pleased with the way his side won their collisions in that half, but he’ll be hoping that they can more certainly crack Australian open as they begin to tire. His half-time messaging will be key – England probably don’t want to be dragged into something increasingly scrappy, but their attacking tempo has generally been good.

Australia, conversely, might value more messiness. Samu Kerevi and Michael Hooper had excellent halves.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:11

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H/T: Australia 6-6 England

There was a fair bit between Darcy Swain and Jonny Hill even before that incident. I reckon a two-handed push to the face of the Australian by Hill went unspotted earlier.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:08

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H/T: Australia 6-6 England

Six apiece as the teams trot back into the sheds. You would say that is about fair after a physical half that never quite clicked into gear.

It may be all square, but Australia are certainly up against it. Having lost Quade Cooper five minutes before kick-off, Dave Rennie has also seen Tom Banks and Allan Alaalatoa depart with arm and brain injuries respectively, before Darcy Swain’s moment of madness saw his evening ended by the flourish of James Doleman’s red card. Jonny Hill will be back amongst things after his yellow about a minute into the second 40 – and England will thereafter have a player advantage, which feels like it may be key in a battle of attrition.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 12:02

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HALF TIME! Australia 6-6 England

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Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:59

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PENALTY! AUSTRALIA 6-6 England (Noah Lolesio penalty, 43 minutes)

A second penalty for Noah Lolesio and that is that for the half.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:58



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