Saracens winger Chris Ashton will start for England against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday

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Chris Ashton returns to the England starting line-up for Saturday's crunch match against Australia at Twickenham.

The Saracens winger takes over on the right from Charlie Sharples, who moves to the left in place of Ugo Monye who was released back to Harlequins on Wednesday.

Ashton's recall after a one-match suspension is head coach Stuart Lancaster's only change from the side that beat Fiji 54-12 last weekend.

That means fellow Sarries pair Brad Barritt retains his place at centre while Alex Goode keeps his spot at full back after a man-of-the-match display last time out.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster told the RFU: "To select 23 from a squad of 30 plus who have trained so well, with such intensity and focus, was difficult but it's a good position to be in.

"The "team first" mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly.

"We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side."

England: 15. Alex Goode 14. Chris Ashton13. Manusamoa Tuilagi 12. Brad Barritt 11. Charlie Sharples 10. Toby Flood 9. Danny Care 1. Joe Marler 2. Tom Youngs 3. Dan Cole 4. Tom Palmer 5. Geoff Parling 6. Tom Johnson 7. Chris Robshaw 8. Thomas Waldrom

Replacements: 16. David Paice 17. David Wilson 18. Mako Vunipola 19. Joe Launchbury 20. Tom Wood 21. Ben Youngs 22. Owen Farrell 23. Mike Brown

Kick off is at 2.30pm

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