England start Joseph against Australia in crucial match

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has been able to name centre Jonathan Joseph in his starting line up to face Australia at Twickenham in a crucial Pool A match.

Joseph has recovered from injury and returns to the starting side along with Ben Morgan who has also recovered from a knock against Fiji in the world cup opener.

Morgan replaces Billy Vunipola at No 8 while Joseph takes over from Brad Barritt, who moves back to inside centre for Sam Burgess, with the Bath Rugby player on the replacements’ bench.

Joe Launchbury comes in for the injured Courtney Lawes for his first World Cup start and Nick Easter is included on the bench for his third tournament following his call-up for the injured Vunipola to provide specialist No 8 cover.

George Kruis gets his first RWC matchday experience in the 23.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “JJ and Ben Youngs are both fit and raring to go, as are the rest of the squad for what will be a huge game against a very good team. ”

“England-Australia matches at Twickenham are always massive occasions, this one more than ever, and we want everyone behind us so we can get the result we all want. ”


15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson , 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Brad Barritt , 11 Jonny May , 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs ,8 Ben Morgan , 7 Chris Robshaw , 6 Tom Wood , 5 Geoff Parling, 4 Joe Launchbury , 3 Dan Cole, 2 Tom Youngs, 1 Joe Marler

Replacements: 16 Rob Webber , 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Kieran Brookes , 19 George Kruis , 20 Nick Easter , 21 Richard Wigglesworth, 22 George Ford , 23 Sam Burgess

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