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VIDEO – Calm Tomkins set for debut against the Wallabies

31 October 2013

  • Joel Tomkins to feature in centre alongside Billy Twelvetrees
  • Billy Vunipola and Marland Yarde also set for first Twickenham starts

Joel Tomkins will make his England debut in Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium.

The centre will be joined by Saracens teammate Billy Vunipola and London Irish wing Marland Yarde, who both won their first caps in Argentina in June and make their first starts at Twickenham.

Lee Dickson, who started both Tests against the Pumas, partners Owen Farrell at half back, while fellow British & Irish Lions Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and brother Tom also return to the match 23.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “I’m delighted for Joel. He has had a great week’s training and is ready for his chance. He has played in many high-profile games in his career so far and has a great temperament for the big occasion.

“Billy Vunipola and Marland Yarde made a big impression in Argentina and it’s going to be a special occasion for them to run out at Twickenham in front of 82,000 passionate supporters for the first time.  

“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.

“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.”

England (v Australia, QBE International, Saturday, 2.30pm, Twickenham Stadium, live on Sky Sports 2 HD & 3D)

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) 
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints, 9 caps)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 9 caps) 
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 9 caps) 
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 40 caps)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps, 11 caps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 22 caps)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 20 caps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt, 17 caps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 2 caps)  

Replacements 
16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints, 47 caps)
17 Joe Marler (Harlequins, 12 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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