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Wood starts against Wallabies

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Tom Wood makes his third start of Rugby World Cup 2015 as England face a do or die tie with Australia on Saturday evening (KO 8pm).

Defeat to Wales last weekend makes the Twickenham meeting a must win if England are to progress to the knockout stages of their own World Cup and Stuart Lancaster has made a trio of changes.

Jonathan Joseph returns as the midfield is shuffled again, while Joe Launchbury and Ben Morgan replace Courtney Lawes – who has picked up a knee knock – and the injured Billy Vunipola.

Saints flanker Wood has yet to miss a minute of the tournament and wears six once more, while clubmate Kieran Brookes is again among the replacements.

Head coach Lancaster acknowledged the importance of Saturday evening’s game.

““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,” he commented. “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.”

The game is being shown live on ITV.

ENGLAND TEAM TO PLAY AUSTRALIA
Rugby World Cup 2015
Twickenham
Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
Kick off 8pm

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)

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)