Eddie Jones: England’s attitude is slowly changing and this is a litmus Test

• Head coach justifies his selections for first Test with Australia
• Luther Burrell, Marland Yarde and Owen Farrell get thumbs-up

Less than a month ago the chances of Luther Burrell and Marland Yarde lining up together for England against the Wallabies on Saturday were about as remote as the Australian outback. Burrell had failed to make the tour squad and Yarde’s form for Harlequins in the closing month of the season was not good.

It goes to show how swiftly sporting fortunes can be resuscitated. In Burrell’s case the latest injury to Manu Tuilagi was particularly timely, while Yarde has been the beneficiary of Eddie Jones’s reluctance to trust either Chris Ashton or Christian Wade. No wonder the chosen pair are so visibly keen to grasp their unexpected lifelines.

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