Australia vs England - first Test: Live score, team new and updates

Australia vs England LIVE: Billy Vunipola and Danny Care are back in the side for Eddie Jones’ team but Quade Cooper gets an ankle injury in the warm-up, giving the hosts a headache before kick-off in Perth

Follow Sportsmail’s live blog for updates on Australia vs England in the first match of the three-Test series. 

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Out come the teams

Courtney Lawes leads England out in Perth.

Plenty of English fans in the crowd to cheer the Red Roses on.

They are followed by Australia, including Noah Lolesio – what a big moment for him.


We are nearing kick-off

The Optus Stadium in Perth is lighting up and we are not far away from the players coming out.


Disappointment for Cooper


Quade Cooper out!

One of the key clashes mentioned Quade Cooper – well not anymore as he has pulled out with Noah Lolesio steps in at No 10.

James O’Connor is called over from hospitality to take Lolesio’s place on the bench.

It appears Cooper turned his ankle in the warm-up – not ideal for Australia.


Samu Kerevi will test Owen Farrell

England will look to continue their recent dominance in this fixture with an opening win in the first of three Tests in Australia in Perth on Saturday, 2 July.

A streak dating back to the 2015 Rugby World Cup, Eddie Jones’ side are unbeaten in eight meetings against one of their greatest rivals, and a ninth victory could lend Jones’ men some much needed confidence following a disappointing Six Nations.

But despite their recent ascendancy in this particular match-up, the visitors will need to come out on top in a number of key battles over the course of the match to have any chance of making it nine wins in nine.

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Sir Clive Woodward gives his verdict on Jones’ selection

Sir Clive Woodward said: ‘This is a good England team to face Australia and one I think will win by five or six points.

When you are under pressure as an international coach, you revert to type and that’s what Eddie Jones has done for the series opener in Perth by going for his big guns.

Eddie has always gone back to size and power when he needs to win. He did it when I coached against him and he picked giants Wendell Sailor and Lote Tuqiri.

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Pre-match warm-ups

Both sides have been out to inspect the pitch and also get their warm-ups before we get underway in about 30 minutes time.


Australia’s line-up to play England


How England line up today


If you just missed it

It is not the first match of the day as New Zealand have just beaten Ireland 42-19 with a superb showing from the All Blacks.

Earls had put Ireland ahead but the All Blacks responded in style and finished with six tries from Barrett, Reece, Tupaea, a pair from Savea and Sowakula.


Good morning!

And welcome to Sportsmail’s live coverage of England’s first match of their their three-Test series in Australia.

Eddie Jones’ side are not in the best of places after losses to Ireland, France and the Barbarians – so what better way to put things right than a win in Perth against their great rivals.

Australia though will be determined for a victory, especially since Jones’ side had a 3-0 whitewash victory the last time they were down under.

Kieran Lynch with you today and I’ll be bringing you all the build-up and updates throughout the match which gets underway at 10.55.