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The Aviva Premiership Rugby players who starred in this week’s autumn internationals

The Aviva Premiership Rugby players who starred in this week’s autumn internationals

Eddie Jones’ England have become known for their ruthless efficiency but never let it be said their encounters are without drama.

A trio of late scores gave Jones’ men a 30-6 win over Australia, making it 21 wins from 22 games for Jones in the England hot seat.

He has a legion of Aviva Premiership Rugby at his disposal, many of whom starred in the win over the Wallabies.

Here we pick out the best Aviva Premiership Rugby performances from another stirring weekend of autumn internationals.

Jonny May

Leicester Tigers’ flying winger scooped the Aviva Premiership Player of the Month accolade for October for his blistering pace and try-scoring exploits in recent weeks.

May continued his form in England’s victory over Australia, capitalising on Danny Care’s delicate kick down the right, seizing on a favourable bounce before shrugging off two challenges and sliding over the whitewash for his tenth try in an England jersey.

Danny Care

The Harlequins scrum-half started on the bench and did not replace Ben Youngs until the final ten minutes, but caught the eye after his creativity and quick-thinking was the catalyst for England’s flurry of late scores.

He kicked through for Jonathan Joseph and Jonny May to pounce, before charging over himself after the clock had ticked into red, finishing with a trademark arcing leap following good work by May.

It was a decisive contribution from Care, who is pushing Youngs more and more for a place in Eddie Jones’ starting XV.

Joe Launchbury

While the headlines were made by the late scores and Care’s impact from the bench, Launchbury was a fixture of power and defence in wet conditions.

The Wasps lock put in the hard yards all afternoon in a man-of-the-match display which vindicated Jones’ selection over returning World Rugby Player of the Year nominee Maro Itoje.

His tough tackling and willingness to put his body on the line laid the foundations for the late spark which allowed England to pull away.

Elliot Daly

Another Wasp to make his mark in an England shirt once more was Elliot Daly. While his long range-kicking abilities are arguably his most potent weapon, it was a different type of punt which got him the glory at Twickenham.

Daly hared after a Youngs kick which was ruled to have stayed in play as it snaked along the touchline, toe-poking the ball clear of the diving Kurtley Beale before keeping his cool with his right foot to knock the ball over the line and slide in for the game’s first try.

Rhys Priestland

Away from Twickenham, Bath fly-half Rhys Priestland kept his composure in the red of Wales as Warren Gatland’s side saw off the challenge of Georgia.

Priestland, who joined Bath from Scarlets in 2015, landed a conversion and two penalties in tricky conditions as they were pushed all the way in a 13-6 victory at Principality Stadium.

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