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England make one change for Australia


Chris Ashton's return is the only change for England this week

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Article Published: Thursday 15 November 2012


England have made one change to the team that beat Fiji for this weekend's clash against Australia at Twickenham with Chris Ashton replacing Ugo Monye on the wing.

Ashton comes into the team after he missed last week's Test due to suspension and his return moves Charlie Sharples from right wing to left wing where Ugo Monye played last week.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "To select 23 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."

"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."

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 , 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

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