England winger Jack Nowell believes a fast start is a must from his side when they take on Australia in the second Test in Melbourne.
Nowell returns to the starting XV for the Gand Slam winning Six Nations champions, replacing Marland Yarde, while George Ford slots in at fly-half and Owen Farrell shifts to inside centre in place of Luther Burrell.
Ford and Farrell’s combination flourished during this year’s Six Nations and also when the former came on as a replacement in the first Test in Brisbane last week.
Nowell, who came off the bench to score in England’s 39-28 first ever win in Brisbane, believes his side must get out of the blocks quickly.
“We said all the way through the Six Nations that we need to start fast, get forward, and put our game on them quickest,” hesaid.
“Nothing has changed. Maybe we were a bit slow last week to do that, but this week is a different Test and a totally different game.
“We’ve put that all to the back of our minds now and this is a fresh start for us.”
Nowell knows that stopping Waratahs full-back Israel Folau will be a key factor if they want to stop the Wallaby attacks early on.
“We know Folau is always going to be a dangerous runner, and he showed that last week,” he added.
“But it’s more of a team thing. He broke through the line a few times when the front rowers may have been left by themselves.
“He’s very good at isolating those boys and picking the right spaces so it is very important for the team to look after each other when playing against him. But I’ll just attack it like I do any other game. He’s a big man so the important thing is just to go low at him.
He’s very physical and a guy that many players look up to, but now we’re out here and playing against him you have to put that to the back of your mind a bit and focus on us. We have to treat him just like any other player.”