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Jones keeps four Saints in England line up

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England head coach Eddie Jones has kept all four Saints players within his squad to play Australia in Saturday’s final match of the Old Mutual Wealth Series at Twickenham Stadium while making two other changes to the side (kick-off 2.30pm, live on Sky Sports 2).

While Dylan Hartley, Courntey Lawes and Tom Wood all keep their places in the starting line up, with Teimana Harrison starting the game on the bench, Nathan Hughes starts his first game for England at number 8 and Marland Yarde returns to the right-wing.

“We’ve had a great week’s preparation and we can’t wait to get to Twickenham on Saturday with the crowd right behind us,” Jones told EnglandRugby.com.

“The great thing about our team is that no-one is irreplaceable. We’ve had seven influential players missing throughout the autumn but we’ve been able to we’d fill that gap and that’s the sort of team we are developing.

“Most big Test matches come down to the last 20 minutes and if you look back historically at big Test matches between England and Australia at Twickenham the last 20 minutes has always been a time where either team can win the game and the team that is the most composed, makes good decisions and physically pushes themselves is the team that is going to win the game.

“Australia have improved significantly since we last played them. The enduring feature of Australian rugby is their cleverness. They look like they are doing one thing and they do the other. They have got some quite clever two-phase variation plays and we are going to need to be on our guard. They played very deep and a long way from the gain line against us in June, now they are really flattening up. They’ve really got their attack together and its clear Stephen Larkham is doing a good job with them.

“We want to make the game into a physical contest but we also need to be flexible and adaptable like we were against Argentina and if do that we’ll put ourselves in a good position to win the game.”

ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE AUSTRALIA
15 Mike Brown
14 Marland Yarde
13 Jonathan Joseph
12 Owen Farrell
11 Jonny May
10. George Ford
9 Ben Youngs
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Dylan Hartley (capt)
3 Dan Cole
4 Courtney Lawes
5 George Kruis
6 Chris RObshaw
7 Tom Wood
8 Nathan Hughes

16 Jamie George
17 Joe Marler
18 Kyle Sinckler
19 Charlie Ewels
20 Teimana Harrison
21 Danny Care
22 Ben Te’o
23 Henry Slade