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Autumn Internationals: England vs Australia Preview, News and Line-ups



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England face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday evening in the Autumn Internationals following their routine 69-3 win over Tonga last weekend. 

In the last meeting with the Wallabies, England completed a comfortable 40-16 victory as The Lions progressed to the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup in Japan. The winner of the match on Saturday will be awarded with the Cook Cup.

The teams have locked horns on 51 occasions since their first match in 1901 and have an equal record with both winning 25 matches – one game has finished all square. 

It’s expected to be a capacity crowd in South-West London as fans of both sides are eager to see how their team get on. South African Referee Jaco Peyper, assistants AJ Jacobs and Pierre Brousset alongside TMO Stuart Berry will take charge of the match which promises to be fiery affair.

Comments made by England boss Eddie Jones about US open winner Emma Radacanu have dominated the build-up as he used the star as an example of an athlete being influenced by new-found fame that has had a negative impact on her performances.  

He added: “The big thing for young players is distraction.”

Jones’ comments were in relation to his younger players having to deal with outside influences as he worries they might suffer under the spotlight. The England coach has come under fire for his remarks as some have claimed he unfairly criticised Radacanu.

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England’s Covid issues have continued this week with Joe Marler and Ellis Genge both missing out after testing positive for the virus. Bevan Rodd replaced Marler but we’re still awaiting an update from RFU on the implications of Genge’s positive test.

Jones’ selection problems for this Test Match with Australia has left fans with a lot to discuss ahead of this weekends game. His selection has been intriguing in the past.

However, England face a front-row crises following the recent news of vice-captain Genge’s omission. “Ellis is enormously disappointed,” 

He added: “He is not sick at all, which is the frustrating thing for him”

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Austrlia will want to redeem themselves and bounce back from their disappointing World Cup Quarter-Final defeat in Japan two years ago. Not only that, but the Wallabies fell to an unexpected loss to Scotland last Sunday and will be looking for an instant response at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones faces a selection dilemma in the Midfield. Interestingly, Manu Tuilagi starts on the wing ahead of Adam Radwand who has been left out of the 23-man squad. Exciting talent Marcus Smith is set to play at fly-half as stalwart Henry Slade is at Centre. 

Owen Farrell returns after his positive Covid-19 result kept him out of the easy victory over Tonga. His test was later deemed a false positive allowing the 30-year-old to come back into the squad earlier than expected.

Positive news for Jones as he is set to make 4 changes to the squad from last weekend. 

England await further Covid results with results expected this evening or early Saturday morning ahead of their clash with the Wallabies at 17:30pm. 

Wing Jonny May and scrum-half Ben Youngs are set to keep their positions, as full-back Freddie Steward retains his shirt. Fan-favourite Maro Itoje will receive his 50th cap for The Lions as No 8, Tom Curry starts despite two players who play that position in Sam Simmonds and Alex Dombrandt being included in the 23.

For the Aussies, Kurtley Beale starts at full-back as Andrew Kellaway is expected to feature at wing. Tom Wright switches to the other side.

James Slipper and Angus Bell start in the forward line as both Allan Alaalatoa and Taniela Tupou are both ruled out with concussion injuries. 

The expected line-ups are listed below:

Line-ups ahead of the game at Twickenham on Saturday evening

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Meet the British Woman Hoping to End F1’s 46-year Wait For a Female Driver



The modern sports industry remains a very male dominated field. Historically motorsport especially being one of the most inaccessible to women.

In its entire 72-year history, only two women have ever driven in a Formula 1 grand prix. The last was the pioneer Lella Lombardi, the Italian who competed in 12 races between 1974 and 1976 for teams including Williams.

Now, Britain’s Jamie Chadwick is aiming to end the 46-year wait for a woman to sit behind the wheel of a car on the starting grid at the very top level of racing.

The 23-year-old from Bath, is the most prominent woman in world the world of motorsport thanks to the strong results she has earned in the early stages of her career across multiple categories.

Chadwick is about to embark on her third season in W Series, an all-female racing championship launched in 2019 which aims to ensure more women are able to make professional careers out of motor racing.

The aim means that, in conjunction with the heated rivalry that understandably comes with battling for the championship on track, the athletes competing in W Series feel they share a common goal to help one another improve and make overall progress for women in motorsport too. Chadwick has won the title in both of W Series’ first two campaigns.

Speaking to Metro she said:  ‘Everyone expects us not to get on [because we are rivals] but we really, genuinely do. The big reason in my opinion is that we’ve all been through such a similar experience in the sport individually. We can share those experiences with each other and push each other to bring one another on, and hopefully leave the sport in a better place for the next generation coming through.’

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Newcastle co-owner says Chelsea’s Abramovich having to sell isn’t fair



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Newcastle co-owner Amanda Staveley “doesnt think its particularly fair” that Roman Abramovich is selling following the Russia-Ukraine war.

The businessman announced he had made the “incredibly difficult decision” in a statement on the Premier League club’s website.

There has been calls for Abramovich to be sanctioned, as Chris Bryant alleges leaked Home Office document from 2019 shows he had links to Russian state as well as to “corrupt activity and practices” – the Guardian reports.

Speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, Staveley said: “We’re always going to have geopolitical issues.

I’m really sad that someone is going to have a football club taken away because of a relationship he may have with someone.

“I don’t think that’s particularly fair to be honest. But I also think that we have to hold all of our relationships to account.”

In his statement, Abramovich said: “I have always taken decisions with the club’s best interest at heart.

“In the current situation, I have therefore taken the decision to sell the club, as I believe this is in the best interest of the club, the fans, the employees, as well as the club’s sponsors and partners.

“The sale of the club will not be fast-tracked but will follow due process.”

Abramovich has said that he won’t be asking for loans to be repaid.

He added: “I have instructed my team to set up a charitable foundation where all net proceeds from the sale will be donated. The foundation will be for the benefit of all victims of the war in Ukraine.”

The businessman bought Chelsea back in 2003 for £140m, and has since loaned the club over £1.5bn.

Swiss billionaire Hansjorg Wyss has told Swiss newspaper Blick that he has the chance to buy Chelsea.

However he says that at the moment Abramovich is “asking far too much.”

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Russia’s captain Aleksandr Golovin speaks out on Russian invasion



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Russia’s football captain Aleksandr Golovin has spoke out about the Russia-Ukraine war.

In a post uploaded to Instagram on Wednesday, the footballer said he hadn’t before now because he wasn’t an expert in politics.

However, he said he would now express his opinion, because he has been drawn to this topic from “all sides.”

It follows furious backlash from Ukrainian players Vitalii Mykolenko and Andriy Yarmolenko about Russian players staying quiet about the invasion of Ukraine.

The captain wrote: “War is a frightful thing. But I am shocked by human aggression and hatred, which every day acquires some sort of unprecedented scale.

“I am against discrimination based on nationality. I’m not ashamed that I’m Russian. I am proud to be Russian. And I don’t understand why athletes should suffer now.”

He continued he was “against double standards.”

Golovin added: “Why is it that one can do everything, but all the dogs are hanged on us. Why has everyone always shouted about sports outside of politics, but at the first opportunity, when it comes to Russia, this principle is completely forgotten?”

He expressed that “anger, dirt and bile” is being poured on Russian people, “regardless of their position and profession.”

The Zenit St Petersburg forward concluded: “P.S. And to some colleagues in the workshop who sit on their ass in mansions in England and say nasty things: it cannot offend us, we understand everything! Peace and goodness to everybody!”

On Tuesday in an Instagram post, Everton’s Mykolenko criticised Russia’s international players for remaining silent whilst “peaceful civilians are being killed in Ukraine.”

The 22-year-old wrote: “You will be locked in your dungeon for the rest of your life and most importantly the lives of your kids. And I’m glad.”

West Ham’s Yarmolenko also hit out at Russian players on Tuesday.

In a video uploaded to Instagram, he said: “Guys, why are you sitting like shitheads and not saying anything? In my country they’re killing people, killing wives, killing our children. But you’re saying nothing, you’ve given no comments.”

Russia has been suspended from all competition, Fifa and Uefa have ruled.



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