Preview: England vs. Australia

Preview: England vs. Australia
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Sports Mole previews Saturday's international clash between England and Australia at Twickenham.

Two old foes meet at Twickenham on Saturday as England take on Australia in the second of their Autumn Internationals.

The hosts go into the contest on the back of a convincing 54-12 win over Fiji, but the Aussies will be looking to restore some pride following their 33-6 hammering by France.

The last time that the two teams met was in November 2010 when England ran out 35-18 winners at Twickenham.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has made just one change as winger Chris Ashton returns from a one-game suspension to go straight into the starting XV. Ugo Monye is the player to make way.

Berrick Barnes and Digby Ioane replace Mike Harris and Pat McCabe for the Wallabies, while Sitaleki Timani and Ben Alexander also start.

Recent form:

England: WWLLDW

Australia: WWLWDL


England: Goode, Ashton, Tuilagi, Barritt, Sharples, Flood, Care, Marler, T Youngs; Cole, Palmer, Parling, Johnson, Robshaw, Waldrom
Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Launchbury, Wood, B Youngs, Farrell, Brown

Australia: Barnes, Ioane, Ashley-Cooper, Tapuai, Cummins, Beale, Phipps; Palu, Hooper, Dennis, Sharpe, Timani, Alexander, Polota Nau, Robinson
Replacements: Moore, Slipper, Kepu, Samo, Gill, Sheehan, Harris, Mitchell

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