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Andy Goode Column: My England XV To Whitewash Australia

during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
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1. Mako Vunipola

Australia v England

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.

2. Dylan Hartley

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18: Dylan Hartley of England catches the ball during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

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.

3. Dan Cole

during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.
during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

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.

4. Maro Itoje

Australia v England

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.

5. George Kruis

during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at Suncorp Stadium on June 11, 2016 in Brisbane, Australia.

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.

6. Chris Robshaw

Australia v England

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.

7. James Haskell

Australia v England

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.

8. Billy Vunipola

Australia v England

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.

9. Ben Youngs

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  Ben Youngs of England celebrates a try by team mate Owen Farrell during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

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.

10. George Ford

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 18:  George Ford of England kicks the ball upfield during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Despite suffering through a confidence sapping season with Bath, George Ford has regained his form and compliments Owen Farrell brilliantly at inside centre.

11. Jack Nowell

during the International Test match between the Australian Wallabies and England at AAMI Park on June 18, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.

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.

12. Owen Farrell

Australia v England

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.

13. Jonathan Joseph

Australia v England

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.

14. Anthony Watson

Australia v England

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.

15. Alex Goode

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 13:  Alex Goode looks on during the England training session held at Scotch College on June 13, 2016 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Although Mike Brown has done little wrong during the opening two tests, Alex has been the best fullback in the Premiership this season. As a result, he should really get an opportunity to showcase his talents in the the third and final test.

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