Score and latest updates from the first Test

Morning everybody. Hope you enjoyed that first course from Eden Park. The All Blacks are going to lose there one day, but it’s been 28 years and you do start to wonder…

Anyway, onto Perth we go. It’s a funny old series to predict this one after England’s middling Six Nations but you get the feeling if it goes wrong today in Perth, then Eddie Jones and his squad face a rough couple of weeks.

Reasons to be cheerful include: the returns of Danny Care and Billy Vunipola, particularly with the latter in excellent form for Saracens this season after being left out of multiple England squads.

England have certainly promised to ramp their attack up in this series but we’ll believe when we see it. However, something Martin Gleeson the attack coach mentioned last month about England’s carries across the gain-line in the Six Nations, and how England just need to capitalize on those, gave you a little bit of hope.

As for the Wallabies, any chance to watch Quade Cooper is great fun, while Samu Kerevi was Australia’s best player at the last Rugby World Cup before moving to Japan and just offers so much to like his direct carrying and offload game. Marcus Smith will know what’s coming down the track.

A couple of cool stories in the Wallabies pack as well with Dave David Porecki making his debut at hooker, having left London Irish a couple of years ago after a good stint in England with the intention of becoming a Test player. At lock as well there’s a debut for 33-year-old Caderyn Neville. You could probably forgive him for wondering at one point if he felt his chance had gone.

So, having unpacked all that, get your late breakfasts ready as we set up for kick-off.


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