The Aussies are preparing themselves for the challenge they will face from the England side featuring Itoje at blindside and, possibly, Ben Te’o at the inside center. Instead of starting Itoje at lock, Eddie Jones will look to play Itoje in the third row in a scrum.
The Wallabies know they have a job in hand and it won’t be easy to stop Itoje, who has been at the center of attention, since the two sides last met in the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Australian coach Nathan Grey says the 21-year-old is a great talent who has got good physical presence and he has been maintaining his consistency at the international level.
The possibility of Te’o making it to the starting XV is also something that is anticipated in Australia. The 29-year-old has spent ten years playing Rugby League Down Under. Although the Worcester-bound center missed the training session on Monday, he attended the practice session on Tuesday.
When asked about Te’o, Grey said that he is a strong center with very good ball-carrying and defensive abilities. As far as Australia’s preparation is concerned, the Wallabies will make sure that they deal with his strengths and weaknesses.