The Traditional Welcome to Country has turned into a homecoming rally. 10 minutes after the scheduled start Suncorp Stadium is being led in a sharp performance of “Aussie Aussie Aussie, oi, oi, oi”. To be fair, a damned scene is better than the dirt God Save The Queen that immediately follows.
A worthy name for the championship.
And now the Wallabies, beating Suncorp Stadium turf at a greater pace and with the cheers of the crowd in their excellent gold jerseys with green artistic details.
Here are the visitors in their crisp ice white uniforms. Queenslanders 50-odd miles are not built.
The lights below in Suncorp Stadium and Mitch Tambo take to the field to sing “You’re the Voice” in the Gamilaraay language, with the support of other Indigenous performers. It’s rad.
Sam Underhill has not appeared in Perth, but will be crucial to England’s chances in Brisbane, especially if he can get the upper hand over Michael Hooper. Rob Kitson there is more.
Henry Arundell’s cameo was perhaps the only bright spot that emerged from the first Test humiliation in England. Mar Gerard Meagher reports, the challenge now is to keep the hype at bay.
Australia had won the game by the time Arundell scored his first try but still reduced Andrew Kellaway and Noah Lolesio to the slapstick – hitting in a way that Laurel and Hardy would be proud of – before running into the corner on left and recalling. memories of Jason Robinson’s effort for the British and Irish Lions in Brisbane, where England is now, 21 years ago.
In his weekly column The Breakdown, Rob Kitson crying as rugby pursues other sports on the slippery slope towards discourse focusing primarily on controversy, especially online.
Sport is nothing if it only stimulates anger. As in the best of all plays there must also be a warm emotional light. Too much shouty negativity and everyone loses. Is this sports story moral? Hack out your audience and the road to perdition is waiting.
Conditions: The east coast of Australia was too wet and cold this winter. Mercifully it’s dry in Brisbane tonight, but the turf of Suncorp Stadium will be pretty heavy nonetheless. Otherwise it will be cool and still under the lights.
More about First Nations jerseys in Australia and their importance.
The Wallabies will be wearing a fantastic First Nations jersey tonight and will sing the national anthem in the local Yugoslav language. Mike Hytner more on this great initiative to bring rugby closer to Australia ‘s indigenous population.
This is a great look at the background of Wallaby wreck ball from Samu Kerevi Gerard Meagher.
“I had a pretty tough build,” Kerevi says. “My mother married us beforehand, quite young, around 19-20. It was a very difficult situation. They were not in the best area and there was a lot of criminal activity. I was my grandmother’s sister’s family, they raised me – in Fiji your grandparents are everyone who is older. [My grandfather] he worked for the Commonwealth at the time and was employed in the Solomon Islands. My older brother would go with my grandparents, I would go with another grandparents group and my little brother stayed with my parents because they could not support the three of us financially.
Back to some more pregame analysis, and Rob Kitson after training focused on Eddie Jones and how the future of the England coach could come down to novice backline performance.
Jones’ callow backline selection for the second Test allegedly crucial against the Wallabies raised more than a few eyebrows. Three 21-year-olds, a 19-year-old “apprentice” on the bench and a former Sydney University captain? If England’s top priority is to get the win here, at the moment it’s clear the team sheet does not reflect it.
Speaking of Mr. Brace, here he is handling the toss. Courtney Lawes was called right and England will start it.
Referee: Former Belgian international Andrew Brace is your whistleblower tonight. He will be expected to be less influential than James Doleman last weekend.
Almost what you would expect from him Australian players and team in front of the press.
England did the media rounds during the weekand I have great respect for Ellis Genge ar direct contribution. “We have to be better everywhere,” he said. “We have to get better because we lost.” Brilliant. More of this please media officials.
Mako Vunipola you got more involved with the platitudes of the back against the wall, like: “Being able to stick to the trenches with your brothers next to you … that’s the feeling you started playing rugby for, being there with your friends, having fun. ”
even though Eddie Jones put the cart in front of the horse, saying: “This game is the perfect practice for the World Cup.”
Meanwhile, over in Edinburgh, Ireland have beaten the All Blacks to win their first ever Trial victory in New Zealand! Wowsers.
Analysis of Australian selection Begins with the news that the 135kg batch of Taniela Tupou fun is back.
The giant prop is one of a series of changes from the first Test, mostly caused by injuries, but also, in the case of Darcy Swain, suspended.
If so analysis of England’s options you are after, look no further.
Eddie Jones has made four changes to his starting XV, with Guy Porter (# 13) and Tommy Freeman (11) starting as well as Jack van Poortvliet’s first start (9). In the pack, Sam Underhill (7) replaces the injured Tom Curry.
There are further changes to the bench and Will Joseph replaces the late Jack Willis, which means England have two apprentices.
Due to injuries and suspension the Wallabies have made seven changes to their day squad. In the XV comes the relegation Taniela Tupou (# 3), backed by Tom Wright (14) and Hunter Paisami (13), Jordan Petaia (15) and Matt Philip (4) both lifted from the bench. Nick Frost and Izaia Perese take their places on the pan.
The win over England in Perth marked an unknown spring in the Australian rugby stage. In the scenery focused on Wallaby Aonghas Fontaine suggests that there may be enough substance to defend the hype.
In the first Test, stars fell only for new ones to align the men in gold and lead them to a famous victory. Now Australia are one – not up and going into Meanjin’s cauldron where their last 10 games are won – two on New Zealand and France, and three against South Africa. With Iúgambeh on their lips and Dave Rennie clapping, the Wallabies and their fans may be singing as one.
Rob Kitson it sets the scene for Brisbane, trying to balance England’s immediate priorities with those that come to light.
Everything is relative, with England’s 76-0 win in the same city on the “Hell Tour” in 1998 being an all – time circumstance, but talk before the game is more important to Jones’ side than this weekend’s result was still in bponc. due to the state of this series. Test rugby is not meant to be around next year, next month or even next week. If England return home empty handed and suggest that it is of little importance, it is the international rugby union that will lose.
Hello everyone and welcome to live coverage of the second Test between Australia and England. The start at Brisbane Suncorp Stadium is 7.55pm local time, which is 10.55am in the UK.
The first installment of this Three Tests series was a work of art but it should not be taken away from the gloomy Australian victory back to the wall in the evening when everything seemed to go wrong. .
The result focused more on England’s deficits than on Australia’s strengths. The inability to convert a man’s advantage. The stuttering combination 10-12. And most importantly the team’s trajectory under Eddie Jones, just a year away from the World Cup.
Against a vibrant Wallabies suit at a destination that is extremely difficult for visiting teams across many sports codes, the stakes are high in the touring camp. The victory could be able to announce the Prime Minister’s pressure levels on England’s head coach.
We have plenty of time before the first game to get stuck in the context of tonight’s game, to reflect on how both sides are coping with the World Cup on the horizon, or to reap the benefits of the Iggy Pop documentary series on throw the punk base around, which I came from late and really enjoyed earlier this week. Get in touch by email or tweet me @JPHowcroft if that’s easier.