The Wallabies take on England in a three-match series starting at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday night with the Cook Cup on the line.
Australian coach Michael Cheika has named three debutants in his squad with a lot of attacking strike across the park.
Bernard Foley and Nick Phipps make up the halves pairing with Israel Folau solid at the back and David Pocock remaining at number eight. New faces are the Brumbies lock Rory Arnold, Reds centre Samu Kerevi and Force utility back Dane Haylett-Petty. Former NRL star Karmichael Hunt couldn’t find a berth in the back-line.
Australia ended England’s World Cup hopes last year before finishing runner-up to the All Blacks. Folau, with his unpredictability, great turn of foot and solid boot from the 22, should be the Wallabies player to watch.
WALLABIES: Israel Folau, Dane Haylett-Petty, Tevita Kuridrani, Samu Kerevi, Rob Horne, Bernard Foley, Nick Phipps, David Pocock, Michael Hooper, Scott Fardy, Rob Simmons, Rory Arnold, Greg Holmes, Stephen Moore (c), Scott Sio.
Reserves: Tatafu Polota-Nau, James Slipper, Sekope Kepu, James Horwill, Dean Mumm, Sean McMahon, Nick Frisby, Christian Lealiifano.
In his first match as a coach against Australia, Eddie Jones has named experienced prop Dylan Hartley as captain with support from fly-half Owen Farrell as vice. Second-rower Maro Itoje could prove to be a secret weapon for the English.
ENGLAND: Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Marland Yarde, Luther Burrell, Jonathan Joseph, Anthony Watson, Mike Brown.
Reserves: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Matt Mullan, Paul Hill, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Danny Care, George Ford, Jack Nowell. – Jesse Mullens
Photo of Bernard Foley scoring from the Wallabies’ Twitter feed.