Hartley and Moore to face off
November 11, 2010
Dylan Hartley starts for England in the No.2 jersey © Getty Images
Dylan Hartley has won the battle to start at hooker for England against Australia on Saturday.
The inclusion of the Northampton captain is the only change England have made to the team that started last weekend's 26-16 defeat to New Zealand.
Steve Thompson drops to the bench where he is joined by veteran Wasps lock Simon Shaw, who has replaced Dave Attwood after recovering from a calf injury.
Brumbies hooker Stephen Moore has bolstered Australia's front-row. The 27-year-old will add crucial power to a Wallaby scrum that was dismantled by Wales in Cardiff last weekend.
Moore was a late withdrawal prior to their 25-16 win at the Millennium Stadium, leaving Saia Faingaa to take over.
The Reds youngster has missed out this time around, Huia Edmonds benefiting with a place on the bench after starting the Wallabies' midweek win over Leicester at Welford Road.
England: B Foden (Northampton); C Ashton (Northampton), M Tindall (Gloucester), S Hape (Bath), M Cueto (Sale); T Flood (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); A Sheridan (Sale), D Hartley (Northampton), D Cole (Leicester), C Lawes (Northampton), T Palmer (Stade Francais), T Croft (Leicester), L Moody (Bath, capt), N Easter (Harlequins).
Replacements: S Thompson (Leeds), D Wilson (Bath), S Shaw (Wasps), H Fourie (Leeds), D Care (Harlequins), C Hodgson (Sale), D Armitage (London Irish)
Australia: K Beale (Waratahs); J O'Connor (Western Force), A Ashley-Cooper (Brumbies), M Giteau (Brumbies), D Mitchell (Waratahs); Q Cooper (Reds), W Genia (Reds); B Robinson (Waratahs), S Moore (Brumbies), B Alexander (Brumbies), M Chisholm (Brumbies), N Sharpe (Western Force), R Elsom (Brumbies, capt), D Pocock (Western Force), B McCalman (Western Force)
Replacements: H Edmonds (Brumbies), J Slipper (Reds), D Mumm (Waratahs), R Brown (Western Force), L Burgess (Waratahs), B Barnes (Waratahs), L Turner (Waratahs)
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.
The All Blacks' form is not a peaking issue, but Hansen must threaten to wield his axe, to demand improvement, Craig Dowd writes
"It has been the World Cup that smashed down the gender barriers of the sport." Tom Hamilton looks back at a remarkable tournament
A selection of the best pictures from England's historic World Cup triumph in Paris as they beat Canada 21-9
The latest Week in Pictures takes in the Women's World Cup, the opening round of the Top 14 and the Rugby Championship