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2016 England rugby union tour of Australia

In June 2016, England played a three-test series against Australia as part of the 2016 mid-year rugby union tests.[1] They played the Wallabies across the three weeks of the June International window, 11 June–25 June, and contested the Cook Cup, which England had previously won eight times to Australia's twelve. The series was part of the fourth year of the global rugby calendar established by the International Rugby Board, which runs through to 2019.[2]

2016 England rugby union tour of Australia
Coach(es)Eddie Jones
Tour captain(s)Dylan Hartley
Top test point scorer(s)Owen Farrell (66)
Top test try scorer(s)9 players with 1 try
Summary
P W D L
Total
03 03 00 00
Test match
03 03 00 00
Opponent
P W D L
 Australia
3 3 0 0
Tour chronology
Previous tourNew Zealand 2014
Next tourArgentina 2017

England won all three matches—the first time it had won a test series in Australia. After defeating the hosts in the second match, England retained the Cook Cup and achieved second place in the World Rugby Rankings,[3] demoting Australia to fourth. Australia had not lost every match in a home series since being "whitewashed" by South Africa in 1971.[4]

The Australian media joked about the England rugby team after the third test as the United Kingdom had voted to leave the European Union just two days earlier. [5]

Contents

FixturesEdit

Date and time Venue Home Score Away
11 June 2016, 20:00 AEST (UTC+10) Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Australia   28–39   England
18 June 2016, 20:00 AEST (UTC+10) AAMI Park, Melbourne Australia   7–23   England
25 June 2016, 20:00 AEST (UTC+10) Allianz Stadium, Sydney Australia   40–44   England

SquadsEdit

Note: Ages, caps and clubs are as per 11 June, the first test match of the tour.

EnglandEdit

On 22 May, Eddie Jones named a 32-man squad for England's tour of Australia. An additional 5 players (Dave Attwood, Luther Burrell, Ollie Devoto, Matt Kvesic, Tommy Taylor) were also named ahead of the test match against Wales on 29 May, the day after the Aviva Premiership final between Saracens and Exeter Chiefs.[6] Ben Te'o, whose mother is English, was named in the squad, despite playing for Irish province Leinster, since he will be moving to Worcester Warriors for the 2016/17 season, making him eligible for selection.

On 30 May, Luther Burrell replaced Manu Tuilagi in the touring squad after Tuilagi withdrew from the squad due to injury.[7]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Luke Cowan-Dickie Hooker (1993-06-20)20 June 1993 (aged 22) 3   Exeter Chiefs
Jamie George Hooker (1990-06-20)20 June 1990 (aged 25) 6   Saracens
Dylan Hartley (c) Hooker (1986-03-24)24 March 1986 (aged 30) 72   Northampton Saints
Dan Cole Prop (1987-05-09)9 May 1987 (aged 29) 62   Leicester Tigers
Ellis Genge Prop (1995-02-16)16 February 1995 (aged 21) 1   Leicester Tigers
Paul Hill Prop (1995-03-02)2 March 1995 (aged 21) 2   Northampton Saints
Matt Mullan Prop (1987-02-23)23 February 1987 (aged 29) 10   Wasps
Kyle Sinckler Prop (1993-03-10)10 March 1993 (aged 23) 0   Harlequins
Mako Vunipola Prop (1991-01-13)13 January 1991 (aged 25) 32   Saracens
Maro Itoje Lock (1994-10-28)28 October 1994 (aged 21) 4   Saracens
George Kruis Lock (1990-02-22)22 February 1990 (aged 26) 15   Saracens
Joe Launchbury Lock (1991-04-12)12 April 1991 (aged 25) 32   Wasps
Courtney Lawes Lock (1989-02-23)23 February 1989 (aged 27) 46   Northampton Saints
Jack Clifford Flanker (1993-02-22)22 February 1993 (aged 23) 6   Harlequins
Teimana Harrison Flanker (1992-09-05)5 September 1992 (aged 23) 1   Northampton Saints
James Haskell Flanker (1985-04-02)2 April 1985 (aged 31) 68   Wasps
Chris Robshaw Flanker (1986-06-04)4 June 1986 (aged 30) 48   Harlequins
Billy Vunipola Number 8 (1992-11-03)3 November 1992 (aged 23) 26   Saracens
Danny Care Scrum-half (1987-01-02)2 January 1987 (aged 29) 59   Harlequins
Ben Youngs Scrum-half (1989-09-05)5 September 1989 (aged 26) 58   Leicester Tigers
Owen Farrell Fly-half (1991-09-24)24 September 1991 (aged 24) 40   Saracens
George Ford Fly-half (1993-03-16)16 March 1993 (aged 23) 23   Bath
Luther Burrell Centre (1987-12-06) 6 December 1987 (age 31) 14   Northampton Saints
Elliot Daly Centre (1992-10-08)8 October 1992 (aged 23) 3   Wasps
Jonathan Joseph Centre (1991-05-21)21 May 1991 (aged 25) 22   Bath
Henry Slade Centre (1993-03-19)19 March 1993 (aged 23) 2   Exeter Chiefs
Ben Te'o Centre (1987-01-27)27 January 1987 (aged 29) 0   Worcester Warriors
Jack Nowell Wing (1993-04-11)11 April 1993 (aged 23) 15   Exeter Chiefs
Anthony Watson Wing (1994-02-26)26 February 1994 (aged 22) 21   Bath
Marland Yarde Wing (1992-04-20)20 April 1992 (aged 24) 8   Harlequins
Mike Brown Fullback (1985-09-04)4 September 1985 (aged 30) 49   Harlequins
Alex Goode Fullback (1988-05-07)7 May 1988 (aged 28) 20   Saracens

AustraliaEdit

On 26 May 2016, Michael Cheika named a 39-man extended squad for their June test series against England.[8]

On 30 May 2016, Reece Hodge was called up to the squad to replace the injured Mike Harris.[9]

On 3 June 2016, Michael Cheika named a final 33-man squad for the test series, with Adam Coleman, Liam Gill, James Hanson, Leroy Houston, Eto Nabuli and Joe Powell missing out on the final cut.[10]

On 12 June, Matt Toomua joined the squad as un-listed member of the squad after recovering from his knee surgery.[11] Liam Gill also joined the squad after David Pocock was ruled out of the rest of the series.[12][13]

On 20 June, Ben McCalman was ruled out of the last test of the series due to injury and was replaced by Leroy Houston in the squad.[14]

On 23 June, Adam Coleman was named in an extended match-day 23 for the final test, despite not being in the initial 33-man squad.[15]

Coaching team:

Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Stephen Moore Hooker (1983-01-20)20 January 1983 (aged 33) 102   Brumbies
Tatafu Polota-Nau Hooker (1985-07-26)26 July 1985 (aged 30) 61   Waratahs
Allan Alaalatoa Prop (1994-01-28)28 January 1994 (aged 22) 0   Brumbies
Greg Holmes Prop (1983-06-11)11 June 1983 (aged 33) 24   Queensland Reds
Sekope Kepu Prop (1986-02-05)5 February 1986 (aged 30) 63   Bordeaux Bègles
Scott Sio Prop (1991-10-16)16 October 1991 (aged 24) 16   Brumbies
James Slipper Prop (1989-06-06)6 June 1989 (aged 27) 74   Queensland Reds
Toby Smith Prop (1988-10-10)10 October 1988 (aged 27) 3   Melbourne Rebels
Rory Arnold Lock (1990-07-01)1 July 1990 (aged 25) 0   Brumbies
Sam Carter Lock (1989-09-10)10 September 1989 (aged 26) 12   Brumbies
Adam Coleman Lock (1991-10-07)7 October 1991 (aged 24) 0   Western Force
James Horwill Lock (1985-05-29)29 May 1985 (aged 31) 61   Harlequins
Dean Mumm Lock (1984-03-05)5 March 1984 (aged 32) 44   Waratahs
Rob Simmons Lock (1989-04-19)19 April 1989 (aged 27) 60   Queensland Reds
Will Skelton Lock (1992-05-03)3 May 1992 (aged 24) 14   Waratahs
Scott Fardy Flanker (1984-07-05)5 July 1984 (aged 31) 30   Brumbies
Liam Gill Flanker (1992-06-08)8 June 1992 (aged 24) 15   Queensland Reds
Michael Hooper Flanker (1991-10-29)29 October 1991 (aged 24) 51   Waratahs
Sean McMahon Flanker (1994-06-18)18 June 1994 (aged 21) 6   Melbourne Rebels
David Pocock Flanker (1988-04-23)23 April 1988 (aged 28) 55   Brumbies
Leroy Houston Number 8 (1986-11-10)10 November 1986 (aged 29) 0   Queensland Reds
Ben McCalman Number 8 (1988-03-18)18 March 1988 (aged 28) 47   Western Force
Wycliff Palu Number 8 (1982-07-27)27 July 1982 (aged 33) 57   Waratahs
Nick Frisby Scrum-half (1992-10-29)29 October 1992 (aged 23) 0   Queensland Reds
Nick Phipps Scrum-half (1989-01-09)9 January 1989 (aged 27) 39   Waratahs
Bernard Foley Fly-half (1989-09-08)8 September 1989 (aged 26) 27   Waratahs
Christian Lealiifano Fly-half (1987-09-24)24 September 1987 (aged 28) 16   Brumbies
Karmichael Hunt Centre (1986-11-17)17 November 1986 (aged 29) 0   Queensland Reds
Samu Kerevi Centre (1993-09-27)27 September 1993 (aged 22) 0   Queensland Reds
Tevita Kuridrani Centre (1991-03-31)31 March 1991 (aged 25) 31   Brumbies
Matt Toomua Centre (1990-01-02)2 January 1990 (aged 26) 31   Brumbies
Dane Haylett-Petty Wing (1989-06-18)18 June 1989 (aged 26) 0   Western Force
Rob Horne Wing (1989-08-15)15 August 1989 (aged 26) 29   Waratahs
Luke Morahan Wing (1990-04-13)13 April 1990 (aged 26) 1   Western Force
Taqele Naiyaravoro Wing (1991-12-07)7 December 1991 (aged 24) 1   Waratahs
Israel Folau Fullback (1989-04-03)3 April 1989 (aged 27) 38   Waratahs
Mike Harris Fullback (1988-07-08)8 July 1988 (aged 27) 10   Melbourne Rebels
Reece Hodge Fullback (1994-08-26)26 August 1994 (aged 21) 0   Melbourne Rebels

MatchesEdit

First testEdit

11 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   28–39   England
Try: Hooper (2) 8' m, 58' m
Folau 15' m
Kuridrani 70' c
Con: Foley (1/4) 71'
Pen: Foley (2/2) 36', 77'
Report[16] Try: Joseph 31' c
Yarde 45' c
Nowell 79' c
Con: Farrell (3/3) 32', 47', 80'
Pen: Farrell (6/7) 20', 27', 30', 40', 56', 66'
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane [17]
Attendance: 48,735
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Samu Kerevi
LW 11 Rob Horne   28'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps   77'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper   69'
BF 6 Scott Fardy   67'   69'
RL 5 Rob Simmons   24'
LL 4 Rory Arnold   47'
TP 3 Greg Holmes   56'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   56'
LP 1 Scott Sio   53' to 63'   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   56'
PR 17 James Slipper   65'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu   56'
LK 19 James Horwill   24'
LK 20 Dean Mumm   47'
FL 21 Sean McMahon   67'
SH 22 Nick Frisby   77'
FH 23 Christian Lealiifano   28'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson   69'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Luther Burrell   28'
LW 11 Marland Yarde
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Ben Youngs   69'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola   71'
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 George Kruis   59'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole   65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   71'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie   71'
PR 17 Matt Mullan   65'
PR 18 Paul Hill   65'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   71'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes   59'
SH 21 Danny Care   69'
FH 22 George Ford   28'
WG 23 Jack Nowell   69'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
James Haskell (England)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Rory Arnold, Nick Frisby, Samu Kerevi and Dane Haylett-Petty (all Australia) made their international debuts.
  • Mike Brown (England) earned his 50th test cap.
  • England win back-to-back tests in Australia for the first time since 2003, while winning in Brisbane for the first time ever.
  • The 39 points scored by England, are the most points scored by England against Australia.

Second testEdit

18 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   7–23   England
Try: Moore 34' c
Con: Foley (1/1) 35'
Report[18] Try: Hartley 18' c
Farrell 74' c
Con: Farrell (2/2) 19', 75'
Pen: Farrell (3/4) 30', 51', 79'
AAMI Park, Melbourne [17]
Attendance: 29,871
Referee: Craig Joubert (South Africa)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty   69'
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Samu Kerevi   60'
LW 11 Rob Horne
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps   69'
N8 8 Sean McMahon   50'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy
RL 5 Sam Carter
LL 4 Rory Arnold   33' to 40'   50'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   46'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   54'
LP 1 James Slipper   46'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   54'
PR 17 Toby Smith   46'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   46'
LK 19 Dean Mumm   33'   40'   50'
N8 20 Ben McCalman   50'
SH 21 Nick Frisby   69'
CE 22 Christian Lealiifano   60'
WG 23 Luke Morahan   69'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson   76'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   65'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell   71'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   71'
RL 5 George Kruis   55'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole   65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   71'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   71'
PR 17 Matt Mullan   65'
PR 18 Paul Hill   65'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   71'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes   55'
FL 21 Jack Clifford   71'
SH 22 Danny Care   65'
CE 23 Elliot Daly   76'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Chris Robshaw (England)

Touch judges:
Nigel Owens (Wales)
Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Glenn Newman (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Chris Robshaw (England) earned his 50th test cap, having started all of his appearances.
  • The 16 points England won by is the most they have ever beaten Australia by in Australia, breaking the record of 11 points they set the previous week.
  • England retain the Cook Cup for the third consecutive time.
  • England win their first ever test series against Australia.
  • England win their third consecutive match against Australia in Australia, the first time they have done this.

Third testEdit

25 June 2016
20:00 AEST (UTC+10)
Australia   40–44   England
Try: Foley 12' c
Haylett-Petty 20' m
Hooper 50' c
Folau 57' c
Naiyaravoro 80' m
Con: Foley (3/5) 13', 51', 58'
Pen: Foley (3/4) 27', 40', 71'
Report[19] Try: Cole 10' c
Brown 29' c
B. Vunipola 43' m
George 66' c
Con: Farrell (3/4) 11', 30', 67'
Pen: Farrell (6/6) 25', 47', 55', 61', 69', 79'
Allianz Stadium, Sydney [17]
Attendance: 44,063
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
FB 15 Israel Folau
RW 14 Dane Haylett-Petty
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Matt Toomua   67'
LW 11 Rob Horne   67'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps
N8 8 Sean McMahon
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy
RL 5 Rob Simmons   40'
LL 4 Will Skelton   51'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu   58'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c)   62'
LP 1 James Slipper   58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau   62'
PR 17 Scott Sio   58'
PR 18 Greg Holmes   58'
LK 19 Adam Coleman   40'
N8 20 Wycliff Palu   51'
SH 21 Nick Frisby
FH 22 Christian Lealiifano   67'
WG 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro   67'
Coach:
  Michael Cheika
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs   53'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola   74'
OF 7 Teimana Harrison   31'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw   53'
RL 5 George Kruis   61'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole   67'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c)   63'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola   79'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George   63'
PR 17 Matt Mullan   79'
PR 18 Paul Hill   67'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury   61'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes   31'
FL 21 Jack Clifford   53'
SH 22 Danny Care   53'
CE 23 Elliot Daly   74'
Coach:
  Eddie Jones

Man of the Match:
Owen Farrell (England)

Touch judges:
Craig Joubert (South Africa)
Mike Fraser (New Zealand)
Television match official:
Ben Skeen (New Zealand)

Notes:

  • Adam Coleman (Australia) made his international debut.
  • England score their most points against Australia in Australia, surpassing the 39 points scored in the first test of this test series.
  • Australia lose 3–0 for the first time since they lost their three-test series to South Africa in 1971.
  • This was the first time three matches had been played in a series between England and Australia.[17]

StatisticsEdit

Key

  • Con: Conversions
  • Pen: Penalties
  • DG: Drop goals
  • Pts: Points

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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