Rugby

Harrison replaces Haskell for England

2016-06-23 12:34
Teimana Harrison (Getty)

Sydney - Back-rower Teimana Harrison was the only change in the England team named on Thursday for the third and final Test against Australia in Sydney on Saturday.

The Northampton Saints flank replaced James Haskell, who suffered a foot injury in the Six Nations champions' 23-7 series-clinching win over the Wallabies in Melbourne last weekend.

Coach Eddie Jones is demanding England complete a clean-sweep in the three-match series having already won the previous two Tests in Brisbane and Melbourne to retain the Cook Cup.

"This is an enormously important game for us, we can create a lot of history this weekend," Jones told reporters.

"Australia hasn't been beaten 3-0 here since the British Lions in 1971, so to do that would be a great accomplishment for the team.

"So the team is motivated, fit and ready to go, so we are looking forward to finishing the series with some good rugby."

Jones said new selection Harrison was a "bit of a street-fighter."

"He doesn't mind throwing it around a bit and we're going to need that on Saturday. He's nice and competitive in that seven spot (openside flanker)."

Jones said Harrison had trained well throughout the tour and deserved his opportunity to play in the final game.

"He's an excellent defender and his robustness will be important to us at the start of the game," he said.

"We've treated this week like a dress rehearsal for the (2019) World Cup because that what we're always building towards.

"To win a World Cup you have to win three big games in a row - we've won two so this third game is the most important game we'll play all year. It will be a good indication of where we are as a team."

Captain Dylan Hartley said England's biggest challenge in the final Test would be mental.

"Physically, we know how we can play, but mentally getting up for this game and treating it like our final and finishing our season with a win," Hartley told reporters.

For the second straight Test, after winning 39-28 in Brisbane a week earlier, the Six Nations champions mastered the Wallabies in Melbourne to clinch their first-ever series victory in Australia.

Teams:

Australia

15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Sean McMahon, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Will Skelton, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 James Slipper

Substitutes (one player to be left out): Tatafu Polota-Nau, Scott Sio, Greg Holmes, Adam Coleman, Dean Mumm, Wycliff Palu, Nick Frisby, Christian Leali’ifano, Taqele Naiyaravoro

England

15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Teimana Harrison, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Mako Vunipola

Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Jack Clifford, 22 Danny Care, 23 Elliot Daly

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