With Joe Marler taking time off, and Matt Mullan inexperienced at test level, Mako Vunipola should really get the nod to start the first test against Australia.
Saying that, he shouldn’t get too comfortable, because he faces a tough test against Sekope Kepu in the scrum.
Although Dylan has played little rugby after suffering a serious concussion against France during the Six Nations, he will lead England onto the field at the Suncorp Stadium.
Despite the presence of Paul Hill and Kyle Sinckler in Eddie Jones’ squad, Dan Cole remains England’s leading tighthead.
Joe really put his hand up for selection against Wales last weekend. He was excellent in the lineout and offered himself as a ball carrier in Twickenham.
His bulk would also add to England’s power upfront.
Along with Maro Itoje, George Kruis was England’s form second row this season.
His ability to get up early in the lineout could also prove a very effective weapon against an Australian set piece that has struggled.
Although Eddie Jones picked Maro in the second row throughout the Six Nations, he has the athleticism to play in the backrow.
Itoje can also offer England with another lineout option in attack, and act as a way of putting pressure on Stephen Moore’s throw.
Jack Clifford played well last weekend, but I can’t see him shifting James out of the England team just yet. He acts as a big bruising ball carrier and a pest in defence.
Attributes England will need against Australia.
At the moment Billy Vunipola is arguably the best number eight in the World. Only injury could oust him from the England team.
Because Danny Care brings a lot of pace to the game, he is a great player to bring on during the final twenty minutes. For that reason I think Ben Youngs should start.
Although George Ford struggled from the kicking tee against Wales, his distribution was good. George should also have Owen Farrell at inside centre to take the pressure off.
Jack Nowell is one of England’s most consistent performers. His work rate in defence and pace in attack could see the Exeter Chiefs player start each of the three tests.
With Manu Tuilagi injured, I expect to see Owen Farrell slot in at inside centre against Australia. Wearing the 12 jersey, Owen will also give England a second play making option.
Although Jonathan Joseph has come under pressure from Elliot Daly, JJ has done little wrong in an England shirt.
For that reason I would give him the nod.
Anthony is the best winger in England at the moment. Deadly with ball in hand, his pace and step can frighten any defender.
Andy Goode, Pundit Arena