Teimana Harrison set to start in third Test against Australia

Teimana Harrison set to start in third Test against Australia

  • Northampton flanker Teimana Harrison is set to start for England in Saturday’s third Test in Sydney
  • The 23-year-old made his debut against Wales in May, is in line to play for the first time this tour
  • He will come into the back row with James Haskell ruled out through injury.
Teimana Harrison, once described as a “street fighter” by England head coach Eddie Jones, is to be handed his first start of the tour of Australia for the third Test in Sydney on Saturday.

The Northampton back-rower, who made his international debut in the match against Wales just before the squad departed for Australia, will come into the side in place of James Haskell, who suffered a foot injury in the second Test victory in Melbourne.

England have already beaten the Wallabies in Brisbane and Melbourne for their first series win down under.

Jones aims to catch the All Blacks, who won the World Cup last year, and has said Saturday’s game is “like a World Cup final”.

Ben Te’o, the former Australian rugby league player who has spent the past two seasons cutting his teeth in the 15-a-side game at Leinster, is also poised to make his debut from the bench.

Meanwhile, Australia have made three changes to their starting line-up.

Leicester-bound Matt Toomua replaces Samu Kerevi at inside-centre, with Will Skelton partnering Rob Simmons in the second row, meaning Rory Arnold and Sam Carter drop out.