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

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]

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]

Fixtures

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

Squads

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

England

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

Australia

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

Matches

First test

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 downward-facing red arrow 28'
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps downward-facing red arrow 77'
N8 8 David Pocock
OF 7 Michael Hooper downward-facing red arrow 69'
BF 6 Scott Fardy downward-facing red arrow 67' upward-facing green arrow 69'
RL 5 Rob Simmons downward-facing red arrow 24'
LL 4 Rory Arnold downward-facing red arrow 47'
TP 3 Greg Holmes downward-facing red arrow 56'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) downward-facing red arrow 56'
LP 1 Scott Sio yellow card 53' to 63' downward-facing red arrow 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau upward-facing green arrow 56'
PR 17 James Slipper upward-facing green arrow 65'
PR 18 Sekope Kepu upward-facing green arrow 56'
LK 19 James Horwill upward-facing green arrow 24'
LK 20 Dean Mumm upward-facing green arrow 47'
FL 21 Sean McMahon upward-facing green arrow 67'
SH 22 Nick Frisby upward-facing green arrow 77'
FH 23 Christian Lealiifano upward-facing green arrow 28'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson downward-facing red arrow 69'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Luther Burrell downward-facing red arrow 28'
LW 11 Marland Yarde
FH 10 Owen Farrell
SH 9 Ben Youngs downward-facing red arrow 69'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola downward-facing red arrow 71'
OF 7 James Haskell
BF 6 Chris Robshaw
RL 5 George Kruis downward-facing red arrow 59'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole downward-facing red arrow 65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) downward-facing red arrow 71'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola downward-facing red arrow 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie upward-facing green arrow 71'
PR 17 Matt Mullan upward-facing green arrow 65'
PR 18 Paul Hill upward-facing green arrow 65'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury upward-facing green arrow 71'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes upward-facing green arrow 59'
SH 21 Danny Care upward-facing green arrow 69'
FH 22 George Ford upward-facing green arrow 28'
WG 23 Jack Nowell upward-facing green arrow 69'
Coach:
Australia 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:

Second test

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 downward-facing red arrow 69'
OC 13 Tevita Kuridrani
IC 12 Samu Kerevi downward-facing red arrow 60'
LW 11 Rob Horne
FH 10 Bernard Foley
SH 9 Nick Phipps downward-facing red arrow 69'
N8 8 Sean McMahon downward-facing red arrow 50'
OF 7 Michael Hooper
BF 6 Scott Fardy
RL 5 Sam Carter
LL 4 Rory Arnold red cross icon 33' to 40' downward-facing red arrow 50'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu downward-facing red arrow 46'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) downward-facing red arrow 54'
LP 1 James Slipper downward-facing red arrow 46'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau upward-facing green arrow 54'
PR 17 Toby Smith upward-facing green arrow 46'
PR 18 Greg Holmes upward-facing green arrow 46'
LK 19 Dean Mumm upward-facing green arrow 33' downward-facing red arrow 40' upward-facing green arrow 50'
N8 20 Ben McCalman upward-facing green arrow 50'
SH 21 Nick Frisby upward-facing green arrow 69'
CE 22 Christian Lealiifano upward-facing green arrow 60'
WG 23 Luke Morahan upward-facing green arrow 69'
Coach:
Australia Michael Cheika
FB 15 Mike Brown
RW 14 Anthony Watson downward-facing red arrow 76'
OC 13 Jonathan Joseph
IC 12 Owen Farrell
LW 11 Jack Nowell
FH 10 George Ford
SH 9 Ben Youngs downward-facing red arrow 65'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola
OF 7 James Haskell downward-facing red arrow 71'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw downward-facing red arrow 71'
RL 5 George Kruis downward-facing red arrow 55'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole downward-facing red arrow 65'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) downward-facing red arrow 71'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola downward-facing red arrow 65'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George upward-facing green arrow 71'
PR 17 Matt Mullan upward-facing green arrow 65'
PR 18 Paul Hill upward-facing green arrow 65'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury upward-facing green arrow 71'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes upward-facing green arrow 55'
FL 21 Jack Clifford upward-facing green arrow 71'
SH 22 Danny Care upward-facing green arrow 65'
CE 23 Elliot Daly upward-facing green arrow 76'
Coach:
Australia 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:

Third test

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 downward-facing red arrow 67'
LW 11 Rob Horne downward-facing red arrow 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 downward-facing red arrow 40'
LL 4 Will Skelton downward-facing red arrow 51'
TP 3 Sekope Kepu downward-facing red arrow 58'
HK 2 Stephen Moore (c) downward-facing red arrow 62'
LP 1 James Slipper downward-facing red arrow 58'
Replacements:
HK 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau upward-facing green arrow 62'
PR 17 Scott Sio upward-facing green arrow 58'
PR 18 Greg Holmes upward-facing green arrow 58'
LK 19 Adam Coleman upward-facing green arrow 40'
N8 20 Wycliff Palu upward-facing green arrow 51'
SH 21 Nick Frisby
FH 22 Christian Lealiifano upward-facing green arrow 67'
WG 23 Taqele Naiyaravoro upward-facing green arrow 67'
Coach:
Australia 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 downward-facing red arrow 53'
N8 8 Billy Vunipola downward-facing red arrow 74'
OF 7 Teimana Harrison downward-facing red arrow 31'
BF 6 Chris Robshaw downward-facing red arrow 53'
RL 5 George Kruis downward-facing red arrow 61'
LL 4 Maro Itoje
TP 3 Dan Cole downward-facing red arrow 67'
HK 2 Dylan Hartley (c) downward-facing red arrow 63'
LP 1 Mako Vunipola downward-facing red arrow 79'
Replacements:
HK 16 Jamie George upward-facing green arrow 63'
PR 17 Matt Mullan upward-facing green arrow 79'
PR 18 Paul Hill upward-facing green arrow 67'
LK 19 Joe Launchbury upward-facing green arrow 61'
LK 20 Courtney Lawes upward-facing green arrow 31'
FL 21 Jack Clifford upward-facing green arrow 53'
SH 22 Danny Care upward-facing green arrow 53'
CE 23 Elliot Daly upward-facing green arrow 74'
Coach:
Australia 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:

Statistics

Key

See also

References

  1. ^ "Australia to host England in historic three-Test series in 2016". 19 June 2015. Retrieved 14 September 2017 – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  2. ^ "IRB approve new 10-year playing schedule". Rugby Week. 18 May 2010. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  3. ^ "England hold on to win historic series in Australia". Rugby Week. 18 June 2016. Retrieved 20 June 2016.
  4. ^ Stafford, James (25 June 2016). "Australia vs England: Visitors claim historic 'whitewash' of Wallabies in Sydney". Rugby Week. Retrieved 27 June 2016.
  5. ^ Daily Telegraph/
  6. ^ "Te'o named in England tour squad". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Burrell called into England tour squad". englandrugby.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Wallabies squad full of surprises". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  9. ^ "Hodge wants to make most of Wallabies whirlwind". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  10. ^ "Hodge survives first Wallabies cut". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  11. ^ "Wallabies could rush in Toomua for second Test". couriermail.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  12. ^ "Pocock ruled out of June Test series". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  13. ^ "McMahon replaces Pocock in Wallabies reshuffle". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  14. ^ "McCalman to miss up to six weeks". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  15. ^ "Skelton hasn't shown his best: Cheika". www.rugby.com.au. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  16. ^ "Australia vs England - Report - Friendly 2016 - 12 Jun, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  17. ^ a b c d "Qantas Wallabies to host England in historic 2016 test series". Australia Rugby. 19 June 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.
  18. ^ "Australia vs England - Report - Friendly 2016 - 19 Jun, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.
  19. ^ "Australia vs England - Report - Friendly 2016 - 26 Jun, 2016 - ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved 14 September 2017.