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England go for incredible bulk in bid to overpower Australia with head coach Eddie Jones set to unleash heavyweight No 8 Billy Vunipola and giant wing Joe Cokanasiga in first Test Wallabies will pose a route-one threat by unleashing Samu Kerevi in midfield  England plan to fight fire with fire with the powerful presence of Billy Vunipola Joe Cokanasiga will start on the wing in first Test against Australia on Saturday 

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England are set to address their power deficit by unleashing two Polynesian giants against Australia on Saturday - with Billy Vunipola and Joe Cokanasiga both destined to start.

In the absence of Manu Tuilagi due to yet another injury interruption, Eddie Jones is taking steps to add clout to his side for the series opener here at Optus Stadium. Knowing that the Wallabies will pose a route-one threat by unleashing Samu Kerevi in midfield, the visitors plan to fight fire with fire in terms of ball-carrying presence.

Sportsmail understands that Cokanasiga will start on the wing in the first Test, to earn his first cap since playing against the USA and Canada last summer. 

England plan to fight fire with fire with the ball-carrying presence of Billy Vunipola

England plan to fight fire with fire with the ball-carrying presence of Billy Vunipola

HOW EDDIE'S BIG BOYS STACK UP

JOE COKANASIGA

Position: Wing

Club: Bath

Height: 6ft 3in

Weight: 17st 8lb

Billy VUNIPOLA

Position: No 8

Club: Saracens

Height: 6ft 2in

Weight: 20st 7lb

PS

Australia centre Samu Kerevi weighs 16st 9lb — England’s next heaviest back after Cokanasiga is Freddie Steward at 15st 13lb.

FIXTURES (all 10.55am UK time)

1st Test: Saturday, Perth

2nd Test: Saturday July 9, Brisbane

3rd Test: Saturday July 16, Sydney

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The giant Bath wing has had to contend with more than his fair share of setbacks and the latest - chronic damage to his knee - kept him out of action for several months. 

But he hit the ground running with a try spree on his return to the struggling Bath side and

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