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Ashton returns to face Australia

Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:48
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The 'team first' mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly
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Chris Ashton's recall is the only change to the England starting line-up for Saturday's international against Australia at Twickenham.

The Saracens wing takes over on the right from Charlie Sharples, who moves to the left in place of Ugo Monye.

Ashton's recall after a one-match suspension is the only change from the 23 which beat Fiji last Saturday.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said it was a "difficult" selection.

"To select 23 players from a squad of 30 plus who have trained so well, with such intensity and focus, was difficult but it's a good position to be in,"Lancaster said.

"The 'team first' mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly.

"We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side."

There will be another 82,000 full house at Twickenham and Lancaster added: "The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can't wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match."

England: 15 Alex Goode, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Brad Barritt, 11 Charlie Sharples, 10 Toby Flood, 9 Danny Care, 8 Thomas Waldrom, 7 Chris Robshaw captain), 6 Tom Johnson, 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Tom Palmer, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 David Paice, 17 David Wilson, 18 Mako Vunipola, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Tom Wood, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Mike Brown.

Date: Saturday, November 17
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 14.30 (14.30 GMT; 01.30 Sunday, November 18 AEDST)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Mathieu Raynal (France)
TMO: Jim Yuille (Scotland)

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