- Tom May won two caps for his country
- He made 247 Premiership appearances and also played for Toulon
England face Australia in Melbourne on Saturday knowing that victory will give them a first-ever series win 'Down Under'. Former England, Newcastle and Northampton star Tom May picks out three players from the Australia squad that could cause Eddie Jones' side problems during Saturday's second Test.
STEPHEN MOORE, 33, HOOKER (103 caps, five tries)
“England really dominated Australia in the set piece last weekend but you would expect them to have looked at that area in detail this week."He’ll be even more desperate not to go down as the first Wallaby captain to lose a Test series against them on home soil."
“The fact that Greg Holmes is on the bench and Scott Sio has disappeared completely gives you an idea into how the Wallabies are unhappy with how their pack functioned.
“Stephen Moore, not only as captain of the team, but in the front row really needs to lead from the front. He’s got to breed some confidence into a pack that quite frankly was dominated at the weekend. I think he is quite similar in playing style to Dylan Hartley, fairly abrasive, in your face he doesn’t really take a backwards step and is hugely experienced with over 100 caps to his name.
“He’s been there for years and the respect he has gained from his team mates in that time is vital in moments like this. I thought he played alright at the weekend, he mucked up one or two line-outs but I think he will be hurting from that defeat at Suncorp Stadium. He won’t want that to happen again in Melbourne.
“When you are captain there is an extra level of responsibility that you feel, it hurts even more, and he would not have liked the fact England won their first ever game against Australia in Brisbane on his watch. He’ll be even more desperate not to go down as the first Wallaby captain to lose a Test series against them on home soil.”
MICHAEL HOOPER, 24, FLANKER (52 caps, 11 tries)
“With no David Pocock through injury, Michael Hooper is going to be even more important in that Australia back row."With no David Pocock through injury, Michael Hooper is going to be even more important in that Australia back row."
“He’s an out and out seven and having him play alongside Pocock makes them a real threat at the breakdown. He’s on his own now and that puts a lot more responsibility on him.
“ Whether we see him spend as much time towards the touchlines as we have done previously I’m not sure. When he’s running he spends a lot of time on the 15m zone on either side of the field and from the try he scored we saw how dynamic he is.
“He was vice captain anyway and is clearly a player that Australia value and he will certainly be one to look out for this weekend.”
TEVITA KURIDRANI, 25, CENTRE (32 caps, 10 tries)
“Once England had tightened their defence up a bit and cut down the space they allowed the Australian backs, Tevita Kuridrani was a lot quieter but you just got the feeling he was two or three feet from getting away at times and I think him and Samu Kerevi are a massive handful."Once you give players like Tevita Kuridrani time you’ve created a massive pickle for yourself."
“You have to be bang on your game when you are against players like that who can threaten you physically but also with their footwork and pace. It’s really difficult to defend against.
“If someone is running directly at you, you have to be prepared for that contact and have to set yourself up properly. They can run straight at you but then move off at the blink of an eye so therefore you have to be on your toes to defend against them properly.
“When you know you are coming up against someone like Kuridrani you prepare yourself not to give them any space, you don’t want them to have time on the ball to think about what they are going to do. Once you give them time you’ve created a massive pickle for yourself.
“You need to keep taking the line forward and make sure by the time they get the ball they only have one or two steps before you are right on top of them. It’s difficult to analyse players like him in the build-up because, yes within a system they will fulfil certain roles, but when they have the ball in hand then who knows what they are going to do?”