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Saints trio start for England for series-decider against Australia

Courtney Lawes, Tommy Freeman and Lewis Ludlam all start for England as they take on Australia in Saturday's series-decider in Sydney.

Lawes will lead the side once again for the final summer Test, with Ludlam joining his Saints club mate in the back row following a pair of impactful appearances from the bench Down Under.

Freeman, who made his debut in last weekend's Brisbane victory, retains his spot on the wing as head coach Eddie Jones makes just three changes at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

“We’ve had a squad of 36 this tour who have competed hard and we’re really proud of their efforts," he commented.

“We go into this Test with a strong squad of 23. It’s a young, inexperienced but together group who have developed well throughout this series.

“We want to play with purpose and energy to win the series and an historic Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground.”

England team to play Australia

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 12 caps)
14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 41 caps)
13. Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, 1 cap)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens, 96 caps)
11. Tommy Freeman (Northampton Saints, 1 cap)
10. Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 12 caps)
9. Danny Care (Harlequins, 86 caps)
1. Ellis Genge (Bristol Bears, 38 caps)
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 68 caps)
3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
4. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)
5. Jonny Hill (Sale Sharks, 14 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes (capt) (Northampton Saints, 95 caps)
7. Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 13 caps)

8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 63 caps)

Replacements
16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 36 caps)
17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 69 caps)
18. Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 4 caps)
19. Nick Isiekwe (Saracens, 7 caps)
20. Jack Willis (Wasps, 3 caps)
21. Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
22. Will Joseph (London Irish, 1 cap)
23. Henry Arundell (London Irish, 2 caps)

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