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Saints trio to start against Wallabies

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Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden provide cover from the bench in a squad made up primarily of the summer’s tourists to Argentina and returning British and Irish Lions after their series win over Australia.

One new face is Joel Tomkins, the Saracens centre who will partner Billy Twelvetrees in midfield on his Test debut, while Marland Yarde and Billy Vunipola will make their Twickenham bows having impressed both in South America and at the start of the current Premiership campaign.

“We are looking forward to the challenge of playing Australia – they have made great strides under Ewen McKenzie and their new coaching team and they are formidable opponents,” head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

“It’s eight months since we played at our home (RBS 6 Nations v Italy) and we are looking forward to getting back there for the QBE Internationals and what is a very important series for us two years out from the World Cup.”

QBE Autumn Internationals


Saturday, November 2nd, 2013

Kick off 2:30pm

Live on Sky Sports

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins, 18 caps)

14 Chris Ashton (Saracens, 34 caps) 

13 Joel Tomkins (Saracens, uncapped)

12 Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby, 5 caps)

11 Marland Yarde (London Irish, 1 cap)

10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 16 caps) 

9 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 9 caps)

2 Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps) 

3  Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)

4 Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 11 caps)

5 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 22 caps)

6 Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)

8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 2 caps) 


16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 47 caps)

18 David Wilson (Bath Rugby, 28 caps)

19 Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby, 4 caps) 

20 Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby, 12 caps)

21 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 33 caps)

22 Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers, 57 caps)

23 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints, 32 caps)

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