England v Australia LIVE rugby: Latest score and updates from first Test in Perth today

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England kick off their summer tour against Australia in Perth today.

Courtney Lawes captains the side with Owen Farrell overlooked for the first time since 2018, with head coach Eddie Jones impressed with how the Northampton flanker deputized in the autumn and Six Nations. Farrell has made a full recovery from the ankle injuries and starts at 12 between fly-half Marcus Smith and outside center Joe Marchant.

Joe Cokanasiga is named on the left wing for his first Test for a year while Danny Care completes his stunning international comeback by starting at scrum-half with the uncapped Jack van Poortvliet – rather than Harry Randall – on the bench as cover.

For Australia, Quade Cooper was set to play his first Test since helping the Wallabies to a narrow win against Japan in October but after an injury in the warm-up it’s Noah Lolesio in the number 10 jersey. James O’Connor stepped on to the bench after initially being left out of the matchday 23 altogether. Follow all the action with our live blog:

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Australia 3-6 England, 33 minutes

To the posts points Hooper in a bid for scoreboard parity.

Before Noah Lolesio kicks, a check with the TMO on some grappling between Darcy Swain and Jonny Hill. Both second rows appear to be pulling each other by the hair.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:47

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Australia 3-6 England, 32 minutes

England kick away and now for the first time Australia really start to fizz. Andrew Kellaway shimmies free of a tackle and then off goes Angus Bell, showing his turn of speed and deftly then offloading to Rob Valetini as Freddie Steward makes a strong last-ditch tackle.

Valetini is stopped by Marcus Smith within five meters of the English line, but the visitors are then penalised. What’s the call from Michael Hooper?

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:46

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Australia 3-6 England, 30 minutes

Really lovely variation from Australia, that. Samu Kerevi has carried off first phase at virtually every set piece so far, and is given the ball soon after the scrum here, but instead of a hard charge produces a well-directed reverse kick back to the left that lands in open space behind the English backfield. It’s not far away from a 50:22. England’s lineout just outside their own red zone.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:44

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Australia 3-6 England, 29 minutes

And Australia are dealing with England’s patterns well. There is a hint of space as Ellis Genge looks for a pull-back pass but he is hit with ideal timing, and a knock-on on the wide right will end the movement.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:42

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Australia 3-6 England, 28 minutes

We are nearly half-an-hour into this contest and yet it still feels like both sides are very much feeling their way into this one. England are beginning to gain more consistent collision dominance, but aside from that Tom Curry charge and wide pass are yet to make too many telling bursts.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:41

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Missed penalties! Australia 3-6 England, 26 minutes

Owen Farrell’s latest kick from the tee is not quite there, pulled just to the left of the posts.

Big test for Slipper, more often a loosehead, with nearly an hour left – that tighthead spot is a bit of a problem for Australia with no Taniela Tupou in the squad due to injury.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:40

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Australia 3-6 England, 24 minutes

Freddie Steward again controls the skies as he takes down another Australian high kick. England attack with Owen Farrell and Marcus Smith largely alternating at first receiver rather than together in harness, before Steward’s next involvement – a punchy carry – ends with an England penalty.

This feels a bit harsh on Allan Alaalatoa, the penalized player – the tighthead appears to be in real strife in the ruck and perhaps even short of consciousness, and thus probably not likely to roll away. He will head off for at least an HIA, and probably a complete removal, with veteran James Slipper taking his place.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:38

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PENALTY! AUSTRALIA 3-6 England (Noah Lolesio penalty, 23 minutes)

And Lolesio finds the safe space between the uprights. Australia on the board.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:35

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Australia 0-6 England, 22 minutes

Australia penalties! Ellis Genge seems confused by the call from the assistant referee that he is at fault for the scrum going down rather than Allan Alaalatoa, but that is the ruling, and back he will retreat as Noah Lolesio seeks Australia’s first points of the Perth evening.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:35

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Australia 0-6 England, 22 minutes

A cart is called for as Banks is seen to, on his feet at first but rightly taking a seat with what you suspect is a broken arm. The versatile Jordan Petaia will replace him – he has played a fair bit of fifteen, but Andrew Kellaway can also cover full-back, and it appears Petaia will at least initially be stationed on the wing.

England scrum as Banks is applauded off.

Harry Latham-Coyle2 July 2022 11:33

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