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England team to play Australia

Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) and Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) return to the England team for their Rugby World Cup Pool A game against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Morgan replaces Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 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 (Wasps) comes in for the injured Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints) for his first World Cup start and Nick Easter (Harlequins) 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 (Saracens) 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.”

England (v Australia, Twickenham Stadium, 8pm, BST, Saturday, October 3, 2015)
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 41 caps) 
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 13 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph  (Bath Rugby, 14 caps)
12 Brad Barritt (Saracens, 25 caps)
11 Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 18 caps)
10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 33 caps)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 51 caps)
1 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 35 caps)
2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 26 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 26 caps)
5  Geoff Parling (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps)
6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 40 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (capt, Harlequins, 41 caps)
8 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 30 caps)

Replacements
16 Rob Webber (Bath Rugby, 15 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 25 caps)
18 Kieran Brookes (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)
19 George Kruis (Saracens, 8 caps)
20 Nick Easter (Harlequins, 52 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens, 25 caps)
22 George Ford (Bath Rugby, 15 caps) 
23 Sam Burgess (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)

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