England v Australia: Maro Itoje could replace Chris Robshaw

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Maro Itoje in England training on the Gold Coast on Monday

Australia v England first Test
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane Date: Saturday, 11 June Kick-off: 11:00 BST
Coverage: Live commentary on BBC Radio 5 live, BBC Sport website and app.

Former captain Chris Robshaw could lose his place in England’s back row to Maro Itoje for Saturday’s opening Test against Australia in Brisbane.

The 21-year-old Saracens lock practised in Robshaw’s position of blindside flanker in Monday’s session as coach Eddie Jones considers his options.

Robshaw missed last month’s rout of Wales.

Australian Jones’ England face the Wallabies, who were runners-up at the 2015 World Cup, in three Tests.

If Itoje moves, Joe Launchbury would fill the vacancy at lock.

It would pitch Itoje against Australia’s world class back row duo David Pocock and Michael Hooper.

Australia v England Test series
Date and venue Kick-off BBC coverage
11 June: Brisbane 11:00 BST Live on Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website
18 June: Melbourne 11:00 BST Live on Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website
25 June: Sydney 11:00 BST Live on Radio 5 live and BBC Sport website