Australia 30-28 England LIVE! Rugby match stream, latest score and first Test updates today

The first Test of a three-match summer series begins between old rivals in Perth this morning. England arrive at Optus Stadium in something of a rut having been embarrassed by the 14-man Barbarians last month after only winning two of five Six Nations fixtures earlier in the year.

Such a woeful run has piled the pressure on Eddie Jones, who is set to stay in charge until after next year’s Rugby World Cup in France. Jones boasts a perfect record against his native Australia as England head coach, winning eight from eight including a famous 2016 series whitewash down under and 2019 World Cup quarter-final triumph in Japan.

Courtney Lawes is the England captain today despite the return of Owen Farrell, while the likes of Danny Care and Billy Vunipola are also back. Australia hand debuts to Cadeyrn Neville and Dave Porecki in the pack, though Quade Cooper has been withdrawn late after suffering an ankle injury in the warm-up and replaced at fly-half by Noah Lolesio. Follow Australia vs England live below!

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Australia 30-28 England


TRY! Australia 30-28 England | Jack van Poortvliet 83′

83 mins: One of the most ridiculous finishes to a game of rugby that I’ve ever seen.

Lolesio goes to the bin for a deliberate knock-on and Arundell is almost in for his second try with the clock in the red!

England keep the pressure on and another debutant, Leicester scrum-half Van Poortvliet, applies the finishing touch instead.

Another successful conversion from Farrell ends the game.

Australia hold on to win 30-28. And breathe! What a second half.


TRY! Australia 30-21 England | Henry Arundell 80′

80 mins: I can’t keep up!

Henry Arundell – only on this tour as an ‘apprentice’ player – has just scored with his first touch in senior international rugby.

A trademark powerful break from the London Irish starlet, who races away down the left flank and finishes with aplomb.

Too late for England now, but a nice highlight nonetheless.

A quick conversion goes over from Farrell.


TRY! Australia 30-14 England | Pete Samu 78′

78 mins: From bad to worse for England!

Lolesio attacks with ball in hand and Kerevi powers into contact.

Australia keep picking it up quickly as they edge closer and closer to the line, with Samu eventually stepping off his right foot and going around Ludlam before touching down.

Another conversion made by Lolesio.


74 mins: Australia’s forwards take a victory lap after a superb squeeze sees them win another set-piece penalty.

Remember when the scrum was their constant Achilles heel against England?

Not today.

Here come the Wallabies once more! England are flooding.

They had to put more points on the board while dominating with a man advantage.

But they didn’t and are now paying a huge price.


72 mins: England were straight onto the offensive after kick-off following that Fainga’a try, with Nowell launching them forward quickly.

But their latest attack crumbles near the line as a rejuvenated Wallabies defense holds firm.

What an incredible turnaround this has been from Australia.


TRY! Australia 23-14 England | Folau Fainga at 69′

69 mins: This is pure nightmare fuel for England, who are reeling in Perth.

Steward makes a try-saving intervention as he scoops up a dangerous kick ahead of Petaia and takes the ball into touch.

It’s a clean Wallabies lineout, with England managing to disrupt their rolling maul and stop it before the line.

However, they don’t react to the second danger and substitute hooker Folau Fainga’a picks up and drives over.

Another key kick is then made by Lolesio. England suddenly trail by nine points having been dominant mere minutes ago.

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Yellow card – Billy Vunipola (England)

67 mins: Crucially, it’s going to be 14 vs 14 for most of the remainder of this second half.

Billy Vunipola makes contact with the head during a tackle, with Will Stuart already engaged.

It’s mitigated by being deemed passive contact, but he’s still sent to the bin.

Another huge setback for England.


TRY! Australia 16-14 England | Jordan Petaia 64′

64 mins: Yes they can!

Wonderfully simple, incisive and powerful play from Australia, who feed substitute Jordan Petaia to go over for their first try, despite the best defensive efforts of Danny Care.

What a superb attack from the 14 men.

To make matters worse for England, Lolesio then puts over the conversion.

After being on the rack with a man less, suddenly Australia are back in front!

How will England respond?


61 mins: But don’t count out Australia yet!

That’s a tremendous take to beat Nowell in the air and they have a decent attacking platform. Can they exploit it?


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