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George Ford set to start in second Test in Melbourne

  • George Ford is set to be rewarded with a starting spot for the second test against Australia 
  • The Bath fly-half was an early replacement for Luther Burrell, setting up two tries in England’s 39-28 win
  • Owen Farrell is expected to move from fly-half to inside centre
George Ford is set to be rewarded for his performance off the bench in Brisbane with a place in the starting XV for Saturday’s second Test against Australia in Melbourne.

Ford, who is expected to be recalled at fly-half for the second Test in Melbourne with Owen Farrell moving to inside centre, is braced for a backlash from the Wallabies.

“It’s great to have someone else who has the same mindset out there at 12,” revealed Ford.

“We think about the game quite similarly, and he helps in terms of communication in attack while his energy in defence is unbelievable.”

England are set to name their side on Thursday at 10:00 BST.

Meanwhile, Ford says he is staying at his club side Bath, despite admitting he was disappointed by the sacking of his father Mike as head coach.

“It upsets you because you don’t necessarily think it’s the right decision,” Ford continued.

“But it’s happened now, the decision has been made, and it’s England time now.

“I’ve just signed two years at the club so I’ll be there for the next two years.”