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Two Saints start for England against Australia

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Luther Burrell and Dylan Hartley have been named in the starting XV for the first Test against Australia in Brisbane on Saturday.

Hartley captains the side and Burrell is named at inside centre, with fellow Saints Paul Hill and Courtney Lawes starting the game on the bench.

The match is the first of three Tests for England against Australia this summer, and head coach Eddie Jones says: “We have picked a side to win in Brisbane.

“As always selection was tight and naturally players are disappointed, but we’ve gone with a 23 that has a good mix of experience and youth.”

“We’re excited to be playing against a strong Australian team in their backyard. The Wallabies are ranked second in the world and have the World Rugby coach of the year, so that’s why they start as favourites. There’s a lot of expectation on them to win the series convincingly.”

England match-day 23 to face Australia
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Saturday, June 11th
KO 11:00am BST

15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 49 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 21 caps)
13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 22 caps)
12. Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints, 14 caps)
11. Marland Yarde (Harlequins, 8 caps) 
10. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 40 caps)
  9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 58 caps)

  1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 32 caps)
  2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 72 caps)
  3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 62 caps)
  4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 4 caps)
  5. George Kruis (Saracens, 15 caps)
  6. Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, 48 caps) 
  7. James Haskell (Wasps, 68 caps)
  8. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens, 26 caps)


16. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 3 caps)
17. Matt Mullan (Wasps 10 caps)
18. Paul Hill (Northampton Saints, 2 cap)
19. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 32 caps)
20. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 46 caps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 59 caps)
22. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 23 caps)
23. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 15 caps)

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