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Ashton included in 23-man matchday squad for Australia

13 November 2012

  • Chris Ashton returns to 23-man England squad to face Australia
  • Saracens wing replaces Ugo Monye in only change from Fiji victory
Saracens wing Chris Ashton is among the 23 players selected to prepare for the Test match against Australia on Saturday

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Chris Ashton is among 23 players selected by Stuart Lancaster to return to Pennyhill Park on Wednesday evening to prepare for the QBE International against Australia on Saturday.

The Saracens wing, who missed the 54-12 victory over Fiji on Saturday after collectingthree yellow cards in the Aviva Premiership, replaces Harlequins wing Ugo Monye, who misses out despite registering his second Test try against the Pacific Islanders.

Gloucester Rugby wing Charlie Sharples, who scored his first two tries in the victory last weekend, is retained in the squad on the back of that performance.

Lancaster said: “We had to make some tough decisions within the 23 and we are in a good position to be able to select from a virtually fully fit squad.

“Training has been very focused during the last two days with all the players training well and pushing hard.

“It is tough on Ugo, who misses out this time, but Chris [Ashton] has been excellent in training and Charlie is rewarded for his performance at the weekend.”

Meanwhile, 13 players are released back to their clubs, including London Irish pair Alex Corbisiero and Jonathan Joseph, who Lancaster says will benefit from game time.

“Alex Corbisiero has played once in five months so it is important that he goes back and has more game time for London Irish,” added Lancaster. “Jonathan Joseph has come through training but Brad and Manu did well in the centres and, similar to Alex, it would be good for him to get some game time.”  

England squad to prepare for Australia

Forwards (13)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
David Paice (London Irish)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (10)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Dylan Hartley (knee) will also return to camp for continued treatment.

The following 13 players have been released back to their clubs:

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Jonathan Joseph (London Irish)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
George Robson (Harlequins)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)