Australia vs England
England produced their best display under Eddie Jones to win the first Test in Australia. Getty Images

England will look to seal victory in the three-match Test series when the teams reunite for the second match in Melbourne. Eddie Jones' men pulled off a sensational win in the first game in Brisbane and will be desperate to secure an historic series triumph with one game to spare.

Where to watch

Australia vs England kicks off at 11am BST on Saturday 18 June. In the United Kingdom, live coverage is available on both Sky Sports 1 HD and BBC Radio 5 Live.


Jones' team stand on the brink of history ahead of the second Test match at AMMI Park in Melbourne. Following their sensational win in the opening match against the World Cup finalists in Brisbane, they have every reason to feel confident of a repeat this weekend.

Another victory would also see the Grand Slam champions climb to second in the world rankings. The Australian coach has been a breath of fresh air for England since replacing Stuart Lancaster, returning the country to a more straightforward brand of rugby, which has already propelled them to some impressive successes.

But after their 39-28 win at Suncorp Stadium, England can expect Australia to come back at them with all of their might in Melbourne, desperate to deny the tourists of a place in the record books. "We are respectful that Australia are a wounded animal and they're going to come hard at us, but we've had a good preparation and we're in a good spot to play well," Jones said, according to the Daily Mail.

George Ford
George Ford is set to return at fly-half for England Getty

Jones has restored George Ford and Jack Nowell to the staring line-up for the second Test. Bath fly-half Ford was a replacement for Luther Burrell during the game in Brisbane and merits his place in Jones' first-choice XV. The switch means Owen Farrell has been moved to inside-centre, while Nowell has replaced Marland Yarde.

The hosts, for their part, have brought in two new props to try to shore up their scrum, which struggled in the first Test. James Slipper and Sekope Kepu have been drafted in for Greg Holmes and Scott Sio, while Sean McMahon replaces the injured David Pocock in the back row. Elsewhere, Sam Carter comes in for Rob Simmons, who has a back problem.

Michael Cheika
Michael Cheika is determined to lead his team to victory in Melbourne Getty

Australia: 1. James Slipper, 2. Stephen Moore, 3. Sekope Kepu, 4. Rory Arnold, 5. Sam Carter, 6. Scott Fardy, 7. Michael Hooper, 8. Sean McMahon, 9. Nick Phipps, 10. Bernard Foley, 11. Rob Horne, 12. Samu Kerevi, 13. Tevita Kuridrani, 14. Dane Haylett-Petty, 15. Israel Folau

Replacements: 16. Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17. Toby Smith, 18. Greg Holmes, 19. Dean Mumm, 20. Ben McCalman, 21. Nick Frisby, 22. Christian Leali'ifano, 23. Luke Morahan

England: 15. Mike Brown, 14. Anthony Watson, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Jack Nowell, 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs, 8. Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6. Chris Robshaw, 5. George Kruis, 4. Maro Itoje, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Dylan Hartley, 1. Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 1. Jamie George, 1. Matt Mullan 18. Paul Hill, 19. Joe Launchbury, 20. Courtney Lawes, 21. Jack Clifford, 22. Danny Care, 23. Elliot Daly


Australia 25 wins; England 19 wins; Draws: One

Eddie Jones
Will Eddie Jones still be smiling at the end of the game in Melbourne? Getty Images

What the coaches say

Michael Cheika: "I love being in this situation. I know that sounds crazy.

"We are in a battle, let's go. After the game in Brisbane, I was miserable, I wanted to cry, [but] I am looking forward to Saturday immensely, I'm certainly not desperate."

Eddie Jones: "We weren't satisfied with last weekend's performance and we know there's lots to improve on, particularly aspects of our defence and breakdown work, which we're confident we've remedied.

"We know the job isn't done. We came here to win a Test series and that's what we intend to do. Australia will try and throw everything at us on Saturday and we'll be ready for the challenge."