Australia vs England LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates as England look to bounce back in Brisbane

England face Australia in the second Test of a three-match series on Saturday, looking to avenge the disheartening defeat they suffered in Perth a week ago.

England lost 30-28 – their first defeat by the Wallabies since 2015 and the first time Eddie Jones has been on the wrong side of a result against the country of his birth since taking over as head coach of the Red Rose – but that scoreline obscures the fact that they trailed 30-14 at the death before late Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet tries added a veneer of respectability.

Australia had been down to 14 men since Darcy Swain’s 34th-minute red card for headbutting Jonny Hill but the disjointed visitors failed to capitalise and Jones has rung the changes for the second Test at Lang Stadium in Brisbane as they try to keep the series alive.

He has opted for the greeness of youth with Tommy Freeman, Guy Porter and Van Poortvliet all starting and as calls for a change of coach grow with little more than a year to go until the World Cup, getting a result is imperative.

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Australia 0-0 England, 1 minute

What a start from Ellis Genge! England’s first attack is fast, organised, and clever, Ellis Genge launched from wider by Marcus Smith picking his runners at the line and putting Michael Hooper decisively on his backside with a meaty carry. He offloads to Jamie George in good support, and Smith then kicks in behind, but Australia get bodies back and clear to about the ten-metre.

Kick off!

The second Test between Australia and England is underway.

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Andrew Brace (referee) and Joy Neville (TMO) are the key names of an Irish led group of match officials. Paul Williams of New Zealand and Craig Evans of Wales are the assistants.

Here we go, England to kick things off…

Anthems

Plenty of England fans have travelled down to Brisbane, and they add their scattered voices from the stands to the singing of the national anthem.

As mentioned, a Yugambeh youth choir lead “Advance Australia Fair” first in the indigenous language, then in English.

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Next come the Wallabies, Taniela Tupou chewing gum and readying his shoulders, swinging his arms, slapping his sides.

Shannon Ruska gives the Welcome to Country. “I don’t have my tribe here tonight,” he says, “so I’m going to ask the Aussie tribe here to join in with me.”

“Aussie Aussie Aussie!” is his call; “Oi, oi, oi!” the answer from the Wallabies fans inside Suncorp.

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Australia are wearing a special First Nations kit tonight, and will sing the national anthem in the local Yugambeh language, in recognition of Naidoc week.

Looks a corking atmosphere under the lights at Suncorp Stadium. It sounds like there are some boos as Courtney Lawes leads England out.

Eddie Jones is next in front of the microphone

“It’s another opportunity for us. We are particularly focussed on getting more line speed in our defence tonight and playing a bit more through our attack. The pitch is fast but for some reason they have put some water on it.

“Any message for the youngsters in the backs? “Just be themselves. They are good players, that is the reason they are here. Be themselves and they will have a big night.

“We want to go at them in the scrum – we have spoken to the referee at allowing us to scrummage. If he does, it might erupt.”

Dave Rennie, Australia's head coach, speaks to Sky Sports ahead of kick-off

“We love playing here, it is a fantastic ground, very intimate. You’ll hear the crowd tonight.

“We are well ware that they will be hurting. We think they are going to kick a bit more tonight and try and squeeze us that way, so we’ve got to deal with that.

“We tend not to talk about who we are missing, and focus on who we have got. It is great to have Taniela back – he hasn’t played for a while, so we want a good set-piece from him, and anything around the field is a bonus.

“We are certainly confident, but we are going to have to play well. We know that England will be desperate.”

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A big chance for Australia, today. England’s changes have rather drawn the focus in the pre-match buildup but last week was a fine evening for Dave Rennie’s side, showing their fight and clarity against adversity to beat England for the first time since 2015.

Can they settle the series? There’s a physical look to Rennie’s selection with Hunter Paisami in midfield and Taniela Tupou fit again at tighthead, while I’d expect Tom Wright to challenge England’s back three in the air. Noah Lolesio grew into the game well after his late call-up to start in Perth – you’d suggest he’ll feel slightly more settled and secure after a full week of running the Wallabies’ attack in training.

Courtney Lawes calls for patience as England build towards 2023 World Cup

Courtney Lawes has called for patience as England rebuild for next year’s World Cup by rolling the dice in selection for Saturday’s second Test against Australia.

Eddie Jones has undertaken a radical revamp of the back line for the attempt to keep the series alive at Suncorp Stadium by giving debuts to centre Guy Porter and wing Tommy Freeman, as well as a first start to scrum Jack van Poortvliet.

The fourth and final change to the side dispatched 30-28 in Perth sees Sam Underhill replace Tom Curry, whose tour has been ended by concussion.

Jones hopes Porter and Freeman, who have been picked at the expense of Joe Marchant and Joe Cokanasiga, will provide the ball-carrying threat in midfield and finishing expertise out wide that were missing from the first Test.

England’s head coach has risked the wrath of fans by continuing to identify France 2023 as the ultimate aim, even as his team bid to avoid crashing to a series defeat in a match he describes as “the perfect practice for the World Cup”.

Lawes insists senior red rose players fully support the direction of travel, despite Jones’ scattergun approach to selection, while stressing that progress will take time.

“Just because we have a new team and a new strategy, and are trying to find our DNA as a team, because we’ve got so many new players doesn’t mean that we don’t feel like we’re good enough to beat Australia. We certainly do,” England’s captain said.

“We’re going to do everything we can to make sure we win the series. But at the same time, yes, we’ve had the conversation that we’re making these changes for a reason.

“We think it will open up our potential and we’ll be a better team for it. Maybe not now, it’s going to take time to get there and we are going to have patience.

“We are going to go through ups and downs, that’s for sure. But as long as we’re building towards an end product which is in the forefront of our minds, that is the main thing for us.

“Off the field we’re as tight a team as I’ve ever been a part of in an England jersey. That is 100 per cent genuine. Because of that we’re all on the same page.”

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