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England turn to their big guns for heavy-duty first Test with Australia

• Marland Yarde and Luther Burrell to bolster the backs
• Eddie Jones opts for direct and relentless as he pursues success

Anyone who has ever watched a Mad Max film will know what to expect when England and Australia collide in Saturday’s first Test. Physical, hard-nosed invaders intent on survival in a hostile land? Eddie Jones is looking at a similar scenario and has duly assembled a hand-picked bunch of motivated road warriors to make a forceful first impression.

Looking down the list it is also possible to detect a sense of clear-eyed purpose not always conspicuous when England travel to the southern hemisphere at the end of a long, hard season. The 10-12 combination of Owen Farrell and Luther Burrell has squeezed out the smaller, lighter George Ford and there are four specialist locks in the matchday 23. The powerful Marland Yarde has also ousted the unfortunate Jack Nowell, adding further to the percussive feel. Short of booking AC/DC to play the anthems, there could hardly be a more heavy-duty occasion in prospect.

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