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Rugby Union: Saracens back Owen Farrell to start for England against Australia

PUBLISHED: 12:30 16 November 2017

Saracens back Owen Farrell in action for England (pic: David Davies/PA)

Saracens back Owen Farrell in action for England (pic: David Davies/PA)

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Four Sarries players in 23-man matchday squad for Red Roses

Saracens back Owen Farrell has been recalled to the England starting XV for their clash with Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Farrell had been rested for last weekend’s opening Autumn International against Argentina, which the Red Roses won 21-8.

The 26-year-old, who was nominated for the World Rugby Player of the Year award earlier in the week, will line up at inside centre for England against the Wallabies.

However, fellow World Rugby Player of the Year nominee and club colleague Maro Itoje, who was also rested last weekend, is only named among the replacements.

Saracens forward Mako Vunipola retains his place in the front row, with hooker Jamie George on the bench.

England team to play Australia: Watson; May, Joseph, Farrell, Daly; Ford, Youngs; Vunipola, Hartley, Cole; Launchbury, Lawes; Robshaw, Underhill, Hughes.

Replacements: George, Marler, Williams, Itoje, Simmonds, Care, Slade, Rokoduguni.

Saracens Women quartet Poppy Cleall, Marlie Packer, Zoe Harrison and Hannah Botterman have been named in the England squad for their against Canada, which takes place at Allianz Park on Friday.

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