McMahon, Horne back for Australia

Date published: November 27 2014

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Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham.

Wallabies lock Rob Simmons will play his milestone 50th Test for Australia in Saturday’s clash against England at Twickenham.

The 25-year-old becomes the sixth Australian forward to reach the 50-game milestone in 2014, joining props James Slipper and Sekope Kepu, hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau, lock James Horwill and number eight Wycliff Palu.

His selection comes as part of a starting line-up which includes three changes to the team which played Ireland at Aviva Stadium at the weekend.

With Tevita Kuridrani unavailable due to a low-grade ankle injury, Test veteran Adam Ashley-Cooper has been selected at outside centre, which allows Rob Horne to earn a starting position on the wing.

The third change sees Sean McMahon return to the starting XV at blindside flanker.

The starting line-up is otherwise unchanged with McMahon part of a back-row including captain Michael Hooper and Ben McCalman; locks Sam Carter and Rob Simmons; and a front-row of James Slipper, Saia Fainga’a and Sekope Kepu.

In the backs Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley continue their playmaking partnership; Matt Toomua joins Adam Ashley-Cooper in the centres; with a back-three consisting of Israel Folau, Rob Horne and Henry Speight.

The bench will be finalised and announced closer to the match.

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Henry Speight, 13 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Rob Horne, 10 Bernard Foley, 9 Nick Phipps, 8 Ben McCalman, 7 Michael Hooper (c), 6 Sean McMahon, 5 Rob Simmons, 4 Sam Carter, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Saia Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: tbc

Date: Saturday, November 29
Venue: Twickenham, London
Kickoff: 14:30 local (GMT)
Referee: J

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