The Sydney Cricket Ground will be full to the brim and Hodge’s boot could prove decisive on the day of his 55th cap with the Wallabies. He also owes his return to the injuries of Tom Banks, Jordan Petaia and Andrew Kellaway, who could not even be part of the 36 selected base.
Dave Rennie has also decided to place Tom Wright and the powerful Marika Koroibete on the wings, and to form a very solid third line with Harry Wilson, captain Michael Hooper and Rob Valetini in No8, because Cadeyrn Neville is also injured.
On the front line, the pillar James Slipper, 112 selections, replaces Angus Bell and will be associated with David Porecki as a hooker and Taniela Tupou on the other side. Australia had won the first test in Perth (30-28) then England replied with a victory won in Brisbane (25-17).
Australia: Reece Hodge – Tom Wright, Hunter Paisami, Samu Kerevi, Marika Koroibete – Noah Lolesio (o), Nic White (m) – Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (cap), Harry Wilson – Matt Philip, Nick Frost – Taniela Tupou, David Porecki , James Slipper
Subs: Folau Fainga’a, Angus Bell, Allan Alaalatoa, Rob Leota, Pete Samu, Tate McDermott, Len Ikitau, Suliasi Vunivalu
Return of care
For his part, Eddie Jones, made three changes and recalled scrum-half Danny Care, 35, who replaces Jack van Poortvliet. The other two changes will take place up front, with the recalls of Ollie Chessum (Leicester) and Lewis Ludlam (Northampton). They replace Maro Itoje and Sam Underhill, who returned home after a concussion last Saturday.
England: Freddie Steward – Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Owen Farrell, Tommy Freeman – (o) Marcus Smith, (m) Danny Care – Billy Vunipola, Lewis Ludlam, Courtney Lawes (cap) – Johnny Hill, Ollie Chessum – Will Stuart, Jamie George , Ellis Genge