"That will be one to chew over" - Sir Clive Woodward picks his England XV for Australia clash - Ruck

“That will be one to chew over” – Sir Clive Woodward picks his England XV for Australia clash

Former England boss Sir Clive Woodward has revealed the two changes he would make heading into next week’s match against Australia at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones’ men launched their Autumn Nations Series with an 11-try demolition of Tonga in front of a sold-out Twickenham.

The 81,000 back for the first time since March 2020, and Woodward is backing his old side to go unbeaten throughout the Autumn.

“I am tipping England to beat both Australia and South Africa, although they will be very different games,” wrote Woodward. ” It’s time for England to get some momentum back.”

“t I was encouraged by the energy England showed on Saturday and the promise of much better things to come in the weeks and months ahead.”

Here are the changes Woodward would make to the England XV:

England’s Autumn Nations Series fixtures

  • England vs Australia, 5.30pm on Sat 13 Nov
  • England vs South Africa, 3.15pm on Sat 20 Nov

Where to watch the Autumn Nations Series:

Prime members can watch the Autumn Nations Series live from 30th October with the Prime Video app on TVs, mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets, games consoles, on Virgin’s V6 TV Box, the Talk Talk TV set top box, Apple TV, Chromecast, BT TV or online.

For a list of all compatible devices visit amazon.co.uk/watchanywhere.

SIR CLIVE WOODWARD: MY ENGLAND XV

BACK-THREE:

  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Jonny May (Gloucester)
  • 11. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)
Try Celebrations for Jonny May of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

CENTRES:

  • 13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
  • 12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks)

Woodward wrote: “Manu is looking very fit and quick again, and was nice and busy in midfield. With bigger fish to fry, he came off early in the second half before the game opened up even more but this could be a big autumn for him.

“This will pose head coach Eddie Jones a selection dilemma because Manu and Slade must be played together for the big matches. A Slade-Manu combo is what opponents least want to face. So pick them!”

Henry Slade of England kicks the conversion during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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