When Joe Marler announced his decision to sit out the tour of Australia, Mako was handed the opportunity to make the loose-head jersey his own.
He has done just that, with two massive performances both in the loose and at scrum time.
It was not too long ago when questions were raised as to appropriateness of handing the Captaincy to Dylan Hartley.
After leading England to a grand slam and a series win, Dylan has written himself into history. Enough said.
After Australia’s dismantled England’s scrum at the World Cup, Dan Cole would have been wanting to settle some scores. Throughout the first two tests he has done just that, dismantling not one but two Australian front rows.
A leader on the field and a captain in waiting, Maro Itoje does not know what it feels like to lose with England.
His athleticism makes him dynamic in the line out and strong over the ball at ruck time. Not just a super star in the making anymore, his time has arrived.
Brilliant at the line out, George Kruis has quickly become a mainstay in the England team, and acts as a perfect foil for Maro Itoje in the second row.
Man of the match and the winner of a spectacular turnover, Chris exercised a number of ghosts last weekend. I expect him and England to finish off the job on Saturday.
Labelled a six and a half before the tour, James has dominated Australia’s much vaunted backrow throughout the series so far.
Nevertheless, he could be ruled out through injury. If that is the case, I would select Jack Clifford in his place.
Australia must be credited for keeping Billy Vunipola quit so far, but with Eddie Jones talking the Saracens number eight up ahead of the final test, an explosive performance is anticipated.
After impressing in both the opening tests, Ben Youngs is now England’s first choice scrum half ahead of Danny Care. His game management has improved tremendously since Eddie Jones took over, and it doesn’t seem to matter whether it is George Ford or Owen Farrell playing outside him.
Despite suffering through a confidence sapping season with Bath, George Ford has regained his form and compliments Owen Farrell brilliantly at inside centre.
After being left out of the side in the first test, Jack responded brilliantly last weekend. Like Haskell however, injury may deny him the opportunity of playing on Saturday. If he does miss out, Marland Yarde will take the place of the Chiefs player.
Such is the strength of the Ford-Farrell combination, it may well be difficult for Manu Tuilagi to earn his place in England’s starting XV. Not only that, but the the inclusion of Tuilagi could upset the balance of the back line.
Although he not be opening up defences like he has down in the past, Jonathan has enjoyed a solid tour, particularly in defence where he has been up against two big Australian ball centres.
Given that Australia dominated both possession and territory in the second test, Anthony never had the opportunity to stretch his legs. Yet, if given the chance, the Bath winger has the ability to hit the Wallabies on the counter attack.