England’s Jonathan Joseph returns from injury for Australia World Cup clash

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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England have named Jonathan Joseph at outside centre and demoted Sam Burgess to the bench for Saturday’s decisive World Cup clash with Australia at Twickenham.

Joseph has recovered from the pectoral muscle injury that ruled him out of the 28-25 defeat by Wales and will resume his partnership with Brad Barritt, who is restored to his more accustomed position in the number 12 jersey.

Owen Farrell has been retained at fly-half – George Ford continues on the bench – with Burgess set to reprise the role of second-half impact replacement that he played against Fiji.

Ben Morgan returns at number eight in one of two changes to the pack, taking the place of Billy Vunipola who has been ruled out of the remainder of the World Cup by a knee injury.

Morgan has recovered from his knee problem but an issue with the same joint has accounted for Courtney Lawes, who misses out with Joe Launchbury promoted from the bench to partner Geoff Parling in the second row.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs, who excelled against Wales, has overcome his ankle injury and will be involved in a match England must win if they are to save their World Cup from oblivion.

Nick Easter, Vunipola’s squad replacement, goes straight on to the bench so James Haskell is axed from the 23 altogether, while George Kruis provides second row cover.

“Jonathan Joseph and Ben Youngs are both fit and raring to go, as are the rest of the squad for what will be a huge game against a very good team,” head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

“England-Australia matches at Twickenham are always massive occasions, this one more than ever, and we want everyone behind us so we can get the result we all want.”

Published: Thursday 1st October 2015 by The News Editor

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