Ashton replaces Monye in squad to face Australia

 

Saracens wing Chris Ashton has replaced Ugo Monye in England’s 23-man squad for Saturday’s Cook Cup international against Australia at Twickenham.

Ashton was suspended for England’s 54-12 victory over Fiji last weekend but he has been recalled to face the Wallabies, against whom he has scored three tries in three Tests.

The inclusion of Ashton is the only change to the squad made by Stuart Lancaster, who has decided not to rush Jonathan Joseph or Alex Corbisiero back into the squad.

Corbisiero played his first game in five months for London Irish last weekend while Joseph is fit again but will join Corbisiero in being available for London Irish in their LV= Cup game against Leicester.

Lancaster will finalise his starting XV tomorrow but Ashton and Charlie Sharples are the likely wing selections, with Monye released to play for Harlequins.

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is pushing hard for a first Test start while Thomas Waldrom appears to have retained the number eight shirt after Ben Morgan was among 13 players released.

Manu Tuilagi has not trained this week with a sprained foot but England are confident he will be fit to play on Saturday.

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