Australia vs England: Live stream, TV channel information and team news as England look to make it back-to-back series wins Down Under

Everything you need to know as England's summer tour of Australia comes to its thrilling conclusion in Sydney

By Callum Davis Published: 21 July 2022 - 11.19am
England Rugby

Courtney Lawes is looking to lead England to a Test series win in Australia for the second time in six years

England will be out to complete a remarkable comeback when their three-match series with Australia comes to its thrilling conclusion at the Sydney Cricket Ground this weekend. 

Eddie Jones' side looked to be on course for a humiliating 3-0 whitewash after capitulating in the first Test.

But the tourists bounced back in Brisbane, beating the Wallabies in the second Test to level the series and set up a mouth-watering decider in Sydney, the scene of Jonny Wilkinson's famous World Cup-winning drop goal almost 20 years ago.

Read on for everything you need to know for watching the conclusion to England's summer tour of Australia - including TV channel information and kick-off times.

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What are the results so far?

First Test, Perth: Australia 30-28 England

Second Test, Brisbane: Australia 17 England 25

Third Test, Sydney: Australia vs England

How can I watch the third Test?

The winner of the Ella-Mobbs trophy will be decided at Australian cricket's iconic SCG on Saturday July 16. 

Like the previous two encounters already this summer, the third and final Test will be available to watch on the NOW app via BT TV. 

Kick-off is scheduled for 11am UK time with Sky Sports' coverage beginning from 10.15am on Saturday morning.

What happened in the first Test?

England were defeated 30-28 by Australia in Saturday’s first Test in Perth.

The Wallabies ended an eight-match losing streak against their old enemies under Eddie Jones, despite a first-half red card for lock Darcy Swain for a headbutt on Jonny Hill.

Jones’ side dominated for large swathes and scored an opening try through Ellis Genge.

But the tourists were unable to make the most of their man advantage before Australia hit back through tries from Jordan Petaia, Folau Fainga’a and Pete Samu.

England debutants Henry Arundell and Jack van Poortvliet scored late tries from the bench, but it was not enough for England to avoid a fourth successive loss in all competitions.

Owen Farrell
Maro Itoje has been ruled out of the decider after suffering a concussion in the second Test

What happened in the second Test?

England bounced back to force a series-deciding third Test against Australia as a Billy Vunipola try and six Owen Farrell penalties secured a 25-17 second Test win in Brisbane.

The tourists dominated the first half, racing into a 19-0 lead in Brisbane after Vunipola struck from a rolling maul and Farrell kicked four penalties.

Australia's only points of the opening 40 minutes coming via a late Taniela Tupou try.

Farrell kicked another penalty to take extend England's advantage, but the hosts hit back as Samu Kerevi crossed for a try and Noah Lolesio kicked a penalty either side of a Marcus Smith sin-binning for a deliberate knock-on.

But England held on to with Farrell adding another penalty to take the game away from Australia and set up a series decider in Sydney.

Australia vs England team news

England

England's hopes of winning the series have been dealt a major blow by the news that Maro Itoje has been forced to withdraw from the tour. 

The Saracens lock was a part of England's successful tour Down Under back in 2016 and was one of the few shining lights from the first Test.

But Itoje suffered a concussion in a first-half collision with Wallabies centre Hunter Paisami and will take no further part in the tour. 

Leicester lock Ollie Chessum will make his first start for England after being named as Itoje's replacement while Northampton captain Lewis Ludlam comes in for Sam Underhill.

The other major change sees Danny Care return to scrum-half despite a strong second-Test display by Jack van Poortvliet, who drops to the bench.

Nick Isiekwe could make his first appearance in the series after being named as a finisher. He is joined by Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Jack Willis, Jack van Poortvliet, Will Joseph and Henry Arundell.

Australia

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie has made four changes to the team that fell to a 25-17 defeat in the second Test with prop James Slipper, lock Nick Frost, flanker Harry Wilson and full-back Reece Hodge starting.

Hodge is the fourth different player to feature at 15 for Australia due to a sickening run of injuries.

Rugby league convert Suliasi Vunivalu will make his long-awaited debut off the bench having finally overcome the hamstring injuries that have repeatedly struck since switching codes last year.

What have they been saying?

Eddie Jones on third Test changes

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

“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 an historic Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”

“It is great for rugby that we have a decider.

“We want to put on a show against Australia, a really good tough game of rugby played at a historic ground and light rugby up a bit.

“It’s whether we can find that right balance of aggression and control and being fierce and being calm.”

Owen Farrell
Eddie Jones has a number of selection headaches ahead of Saturday's decider

Captain Courtney Lawes on ending long season on a high

“It has been a tough year, the longest season I can remember for a long while. I don’t know about the number of games.

“The reduction of the salary cap doesn’t help because now we have got less players and we are going to have to play more. It’s tough.

“The Premiership doesn’t want fewer games because fewer games is less money, but at least let us have a squad size where we can rotate and adjust.

“If Saints pick up two injuries in the back row then I’m in, I’m not getting a rest so that is what it is. Things can be done better.”

Wallabies head coach Dave Rennie on "massive" game

“This game is massive. We’re well aware of that.

"We were disappointed last week and we’re better than that. There’s no doubting the character of this group and we will fight.

“We gave England such a big start in the last game and they’re too good a side to be given that sort of advantage. We have to be better and we will be.”