Saracens winger Chris Ashton more likely to start against Australia after Ugo Monye released from squad

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Chris Ashton's chances of starting for England against Australia have received a boost after rival winger Ugo Monye was released back to Harlequins.

Ashton's place looked in doubt yesterday when England attack coach Mike Catt stated the Saracens winger's place in the starting line-up was not guaranteed.

England Head Coach Stuart 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 largely fit squad.

“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.”

The following players return to Pennyhill Park this evening to prepare for Saturday’s match agianst Australia at Twickenham Stadium.

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

BACKS: Chis 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) 

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