The Wallabies lost fullback Tom Banks to injury and Darcy Swain to a send off but the Aussies have ended a seven-year drought in style.

The Wallabies pulled off its first win over England since 2015 with gutsy 30-28 victory despite a horror injury to Tom Banks and a first half Darcy Swain red card.

Fly half Quade Cooper was scratched before the match, while fullback Tom Banks had a horrific arm injury after attempting to win the ball from a kick-off.

And in the 33rd minute, Swain was shown a red card after an apparent headbutt on English lock Jonny Hill.

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Yet despite the injury dramas, the Wallabies somehow pulled off a brilliant win at Perth’s Optus Stadium.

England looked to run away with it when they scored the first try of the match in the 48th minute but the Wallabies were going nowhere.

Jordan Petaia scored in the 63rd minute, giving the Wallabies an unlikely 16-14 lead with 15 minutes remaining.

And a 70th minute try to Folau Fainga’a and 76th minutes score for Samu Kerevi made it 30-14. While England scored twice late, it was too little too late as the Wallabies snapped an eight-game losing streak which dates back to 2015.

Headbutt drama divides fans

The send off came as Hill pulled Swain’s hair with the Aussie appearing to headbutt the Englishman in retaliation.

While the play had moved on, the TMO returned to the incident, seeing Hill given a yellow card and Swain sent off.

On Stan Sports, commentator Morgan Turinui said: “As soon as he used the words headbutt, that was it.

“If you’re using your head as a weapon … in terms of force it was not high but he is paying a justified harsh price for that.”

All Blacks legend Andrew Mehrtens added: “Very hard to justify a headbutt in any situation isn’t it.”

However, there were questions over how Hill was not given a red card for an incident earlier in the match.

However, fans felt that Swain had fallen for the bait.

ESPN’s Sam Bruce wrote: “Can’t argue with that red. Dumb. Dumb. Dumb from Swain. Hard yakka for Wallabies from here, if it wasn’t already.”

Bernie Coen added: “When it comes to doing dumb things that headbutt from @wallabies Darcy Swain is right up there with the dumbest”.

‘Sickening’ injury drama floors Wallabies

Banks’ injury was brutal as he contested a kick-off after England had just kicked its second penalty goal to lead 6-0 after 20 minutes.

He got up high above a host of English players but collided with No. 8 Billy Vunipola and came down heavily, sticking his arm out to break his fall.

It appeared to be a rather ugly break as the broadcast showed replays of the fall.

“Tom Banks in some considerable strife here,” Nick McArdle said on Stan Sport. “It’s that left arm, as he came down, it just didn’t look right.”

“If you’re queasy don’t watch this – it’s game over,” All Blacks great Andrew Mehrtens said.

Banks left the field on the back of the medicab.

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SMH rugby reporter Georgina Robinson tweeted: “Sickening footage of fullback Tom Banks breaking his arm competing for a high ball. dropping like flies, the Wallabies”.

Fox Sports’ Christy Doran wrote: “Tom Banks in trouble. Another injury? He’s come off worse for wear after going up for the kick-restart. Left wrist, arm looks in horrible shape.”

ESPN’s Sam Bruce added: “Quade’s scratching about to be compounded by Banks injury. All going wrong for the Wallabies tonight.”

NewsHubNZ’s Andrew Gourdie said: “Tom Banks’s arm just went SNAP”.

It comes after fly half Quade Cooper was ruled out of the match after injuring his calf in the warm up.

It meant Brumbies youngster Noah Lolesio moved into the starting side, while James O’Connor, who was speaking to fans at a function, was brought onto the bench.

The 34-year-old Cooper had impressed for the Wallabies last year, making it a disappointing late scratching.

“It changes everything because Noah would have had limited reps (at training),” former Wallaby Morgan Turinui said on Nine and Stan Sport’s coverage.

“It looked like a lower calf strain.”

Nine reported it was “calf awareness” rather than an injury but regardless, he was left out of the match.

At halftime, Cooper said it was “a small strain” and hoped he’d be back for next week.

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