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England recalls Ashton for test against Australia

Associated Press

11/15/2012 9:24:07 AM

BAGSHOT, England -- Chris Ashton was recalled by England after suspension on Thursday in the only change to the starting lineup for Saturday's test match against Australia.

Ashton, who finished off a memorable length-of-the-field try against the Wallabies at Twickenham two years ago, replaces Ugo Monye and will start on the right wing, with Charlie Sharples moving to the left.

Otherwise, head coach Stuart Lancaster kept faith with the team that started the 54-12 win over Fiji last weekend, which began the autumn series on a high ahead of matches against the southern hemisphere big guns on successive weekends.

"We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week," Lancaster said, "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."

Ashton, who missed the Fiji match because he was serving a one-week ban for picking up three yellow cards in the English Premiership, has scored three tries in three tests against Australia. But he is yet to touch down in 2012.

England is targeting a third straight win over Australia, with a victory over more than 15 points likely to drop the tourists out of the top four in the IRB rankings, below the English.

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England: Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Manu Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Charlie Sharples, Toby Flood, Danny Care; Tom Waldrom, Chris Robshaw (captain), Tom Johnson, Geoff Parling, Tom Palmer, Dan Cole, Tom Youngs, Joe Marler. Reserves: David Paice, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Joe Launchbury, Tom Wood, Ben Youngs, Owen Farrell, Mike Brown.