Horwill axed as Wallaby captain

james horwill australia trainingRemoved: James Horwill

Australia lock James Horwill has been removed as captain of the Wallabies for Saturday’s match against England at Twickenham.

Horwill, who has 43 caps, has been told to rediscover his best form by coach Ewen McKenzie according to The Canberra Times.

The 28-year-old’s play has been questioned over recent weeks, but following an injury to Rob Simmons, Horwill has retained his place in the starting XV as he looks set to partner Sitaleki Timani.

Horwill lead Australia at the 2011 Rugby World Cup and against the British and Irish Lions earlier this year, before being selected again to captain the Wallabies by new boss McKenzie when he took over at the beginning of The Rugby Championship.

Brumbies number eight Ben Mowen will now instead lead the Wallabies against England this weekend, with Quade Cooper surprisingly selected as vice-captain ahead of the experienced Will Genia.

Matt Toomua has seen off the challenge of Christian Lealiifano for the number 12 jersey, whilst Nick Cummins returns on the opposite wing to Adam Ashley-Cooper.

Scott Fardy comes in a blindside flanker after recovering from injury.

TOUR      02 NOV 2013      England  – Australia , Twickenham

England Australia
Last 10 matches played between England and Australia
17 Nov 2012 England 14-20 Australia
13 Nov 2010 England 35-18 Australia
19 Jun 2010 Australia 20-21 England
12 Jun 2010 Australia 27-17 England
07 Nov 2009 England 09-18 Australia
15 Nov 2008 England 14-28 Australia
06 Oct 2007 Australia 10-12 England
17 Jun 2006 Australia 43-18 England
11 Jun 2006 Australia 34-03 England
12 Nov 2005 England 26-16 Australia
Games played: 41
Games won by England: 16 (39.02%)
Games lost by England: 24 (58.54%)
Games drawn: 1 (2.44%)
Most wins in a row for England over Australia: 5
Most losses in a row for England to Australia: 4
Largest points for England: 35 (35 – 18)
Largest points against England: 76 (76 – 0)
Largest winning margin for England: 17 (20 – 3)
Largest losing margin for England: 76 (76 – 0)
Total points for England: 615
Total points against England: 877
Average points for England per game: 15.00
Average points against England per game: 21.39
Average points difference per game between England and Australia: -6.39

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Adam Ashley-Cooper, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Matt Toomua, 11 Nick Cummins, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen (c), 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill, 4 Sitaleki Timani, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Sepoke Kepu, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Ben McCalman, 21 Nic White, 22 Christian Lealiifano, 23 Bernard Foley.

Date: Saturday, November 2
Venue: Twickenham
Kick-off: 14:30 GMT
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Dudley Phillips (Ireland)
TMO: Marshall Kilgore (Ireland)


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