Danny Care, Olly Chessum and Lewis Ludlam open England’s series finale against Australia

Danny Care, Olly Chessum and Lewis Ludlam open England’s series finale against Australia

Eddie Jones announces three changes to the England squad for Saturday’s series decider against Australia. Danny Care, Ollie Chessum, and Lewis Ludlam all start.

Care is the lone change in the backs, replacing Jack van Poortvliet at scrum-half and bringing 86 caps to the Test team.

Chessum and Ludlam replace Maro Itoje and Sam Underhill, who were both ruled out of the second Test due to concussions. Chessum will make his first England start at lock.

The 35-year-old will play halfback opposite Harlequins teammate Marcus Smith, with Owen Farrell and Guy Porter forming England’s centre partnership.

Nick Isiekwe could make his first appearance of the series off the bench. After having to withdraw ahead of the second Test due to a rib injury, Jack Willis is again named as a replacement.

Courtney Lawes will lead England as captain from the back row, with Ludlham and No 8 Billy Vunipola alongside him.

“We’ve had a squad of 36 this tour who have competed hard and we’re really proud of their efforts,” Jones said.

“We go into this Test with a strong squad of 23. It’s a young, inexperienced but together group, who have developed well throughout this series.

“We want to play with purpose and energy to win the series and a historic Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.” England: 15. Freddie Steward, 14. Jack Nowell, 13. Guy Porter, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Tommy Freeman, 10. Marcus Smith, 9. Danny Care, 1. Ellis Genge, 2. Jamie George, 3. Will Stuart, 4. Ollie Chessum 5. Jonny Hill, 6. Courtney Lawes (captain), 7. Lewis Ludlam, 8. Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: 16. Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17. Mako Vunipola, 18. Joe Heyes, 19. Nick Isiekwe, 20. Jack Willis, 21. Jack van Poortvliet, 22. Will Joseph, 23. Henry Arundell.

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