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Jonathan Joseph back for England : Rugby World Cup

by vlad on Четверг, Октябрь 1st, 2015

Jonathan Joseph has been recalled to the England starting line-up in place of Sam Burgess for Saturday’s crucial game against Australia.

The centre, 24, missed the World Cup hosts’ 28-25 defeat by Wales with a chest injury but will be back alongside Brad Barritt in midfield at Twickenham.

Number eight Ben Morgan and lock Joe Launchbury replace injured pair Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes.

Scrum-half Ben Youngs is fit to start after an ankle injury.

Harlequins number eight Nick Easter, 37, is named on the bench after being called up for his third Rugby World Cup as a replacement for Vunipola, who has been ruled out of the tournament with a knee ligament strain.

England face the prospect of becoming the first sole host nation not to reach the knockout stage of a World Cup if they are beaten by the Wallabies.

If Wales beat Fiji on Thursday, England must beat Australia to stay in the tournament.

Stuart Lancaster’s team are third in Pool A after Saturday’s loss to Wales, which came after England had led 22-12 with 30 minutes left.

«It is all in our hands going into the game,» Morgan said.

«It was disappointing against Wales but it is up to us to put in a solid performance and win the game.

«We have a lot of motivators out there and frustration is one of them.»

England head coach Lancaster added: «JJ 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.

«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.»

The Wallabies named their squad earlier on Thursday, making 14 changes to the team that ran in 11 tries against Uruguay in a 65-3 victory on Sunday.


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