England boss Eddie Jones has backed Saints star Luther Burrell to do ‘a great job’ against Australia in the first Test on Saturday (kick-off 11am).
Burrell will start at inside centre, with Owen Farrell at fly-half ahead of George Ford, who had a tough time in the recent Old Mutual Wealth Cup win against Wales.
Ford missed six of his seven kicks at goal in that 27-13 success at Twickenham, while Burrell impressed, scoring England’s first try of the game.
That performance saw the Saints player book his place on the tour as he was initially due to travel with the England Saxons to South Africa.
But Manu Tuilagi’s hamstring injury opened the door, and Burrell walked through it, doing enough to earn a start at the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane this weekend.
“Owen and Luther will handle those midfield duties,” Jones said.
“Luther has done very well. He’s lost a lot of weight, got fitter and worked on his skills.
“He’s got a great attitude and he’ll do a great job for us on Saturday night.”