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Ashton gets England recall

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London - England coach Stuart Lancaster on Thursday recalled winger Chris Ashton to an otherwise unchanged team to face Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Ashton, who missed last week's 54-12 victory over Fiji through suspension, returns at right wing with Charlie Sharples, who scored two excellent tries in the match, switching to the left.

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Ashton has scored 15 tries in his 26 Tests but has gone nine internationals without scoring.

Ugo Monye, who also scored a try, had already been dropped from the 23-man squad.

Australia, who were thrashed 33-6 by France in Paris last Saturday, named their team earlier on Thursday, making four changes.

ENGLAND TEAM

15-Alex Goode, 14-Chris Ashton, 13-Manu Tuilagi, 12-Brad Barritt, 11-Charlie Sharples, 10-Toby Flood, 9-Danny Care; 8-Thomas Waldron, 7-Chris Robshaw (captain), 6-Tom Johnson, 5-Geoff Parling, 4-Tom Palmer, 3-Dan Cole, 2-Tom Youngs, 1-Joe Marler.

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

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