Australia 30-28 England: first rugby union Test – as it happened

This series is shaping as one of enormous significance for former England captain Owen Farrell. His 12-10 partnership with Marcus Smith will determine much of the tourists’ attacking edge, as Gerard Meagher investigates.

The idea is that Farrell can step in at first receiver during structured play while Smith lurks, scanning for space and waiting for the opportunity with that little bit more time. Sounds simple enough on paper but lest we forget they did not have Samu Kerevi lining them up back in November and it is a surefire bet they will see plenty of the Australia centre in the coming weeks.

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