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Stuart Lancaster makes six changes to England team for South Africa game

Youngs replaces Care at scrum-half as Lancaster makes six changes for Springboks game

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UPDATED:

10:59 GMT, 22 November 2012

Ben Youngs will start at scrum-half for England on Saturday after head coach Stuart Lancaster revealed six changes to his team to face South Africa.

Lancaster, as expected, swung his selection axe following the disappointment of the 14-20 defeat by the Wallabies last Saturday, but the decision to start Youngs ahead of Danny Care was unexpected.

Youngs, who will start an international alongside brother Tom for the first time, is joined by three other substitutes from last weekend in 21-year-old Wasps lock Joe Launchbury, who will be making his first start, flanker Tom Wood and Mike Brown, the Harlequins full-back.

Starting place: Ben Youngs will start for England at scrum half as Stuart Lancaster rings the changes ahead of South Africa game

Starting place: Ben Youngs will start for England at scrum half as Stuart Lancaster rings the changes ahead of South Africa game

First start: Joe Launchbury will make his first start for England against South Africa

First start: Joe Launchbury will make his first start for England against South Africa

ENGLAND TEAM:

Starting XV: Goode (Saracens); Ashton (Saracens), Tuilagi (Leicester), Barritt (Saracens), Brown (Harlequins); Flood (Leicester), Ben Youngs (Leicester); Corbisiero (London Irish), Tom Youngs (Leicester), Cole (Leicester), Launchbury (Wasps), Parling (Leicester), Wood (Northampton), Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), Morgan (Gloucester).

Subs: Paice (London Irish), Wilson (Bath), Vunipola (Saracens), Botha (Saracens), Haskell (Wasps), Care (Harlequins), Farrell (Saracens), Joseph (London Irish).

Brown is named on the wing for Gloucester’s Charlie Sharples, who was dropped from the squad on Tuesday along with two other starters from last weekend in Leicester No 8 Tom Waldrom and Exeter flanker Tom Johnson.

The other two changes are as expected in recalls for London Irish loose-head prop Alex Corbisero and Gloucester No 8 Ben Morgan. They replace the injured Harlequins prop Joe Marler and Waldrom respectively.

For Launchbury, the first start comes after an impressive performance as a substitute when replacing Wasps colleague Tom Palmer, who is omitted from the 23-man squad all together.

Taking his chance: Tom Wood came off the bench for England against Australia but will start against South Africa

Taking his chance: Tom Wood came off the bench for England against Australia but will start against South Africa

He is being treated for a calf strain and his place on the bench goes to Saracens’ South African-born Mouritz Botha. Two other new names among the reserves are London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph and Wasps back row James Haskell.

Lancaster said: ‘There were some tight call, which is what you want as coaches, but the players we have brought into start have been training well, will bring a real motivation to make the most of their opportunity.’

ROB WILDMAN COMMENT:

All change! There's a hint of panic in an England selection which shows six changes from last week.

Who wants to be the holder of the left wing spot Mike Brown is the third incumbent following Ugo Monye and Charlie Sharples this autumn.

England have not cracked the midfield impasse. If Stuart Lancaster and his team of coaches had been really brave they would have stuck Manu Tuilagi on the left wing.

But that would have been admittance that Manu (he's a lovely, friendly lad) is failing at the top level to learn the art of passing.

Manu has only one direction and that's straight, a bit like the M1 coming out of Leicester.

It works two thirds of the time but against the very best it's easy to defend as the Wallabies showed.

Six changes is more than the Lancaster coaching book recommends, but putting my English Red Rose on it will hopefully do the trick.

But for England to win they will have to, in the words of my niece, 'for goodness sake, man up.'

England winger Chris Ashton: Nine Tests, no try and it"s killing me

Nine Tests, no try and it's killing me, admits England winger Ashton

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UPDATED:

22:03 GMT, 15 November 2012

Chris Ashton will try to prove that lightning can strike twice and
take out his angst on Australia on Saturday – to ensure the run of Tests
without a try which is 'killing him' doesn't reach double-figures.

Saracens' 25-year-old cross-code wing is back in England's starting XV
for the second QBE International at Twickenham after serving a one-game
ban for three yellow-card offences this season.

Up for it: Chris Ashton takes a high ball during training

Up for it: Chris Ashton takes a high ball during training

Having tackled his defensive flaws, so to speak, Ashton is hell-bent on giving another vivid illustration of his enduring attacking qualities in the fixture which sent his career into orbit two years ago.

Last Saturday, as the national team demolished Fiji in their autumn opener, notching up seven tries along the way, their most potent finisher lost the will to watch at about the hour mark.

'It was so frustrating that I had to leave after 60 minutes – I couldn't watch it any more,' said Ashton. 'I was pleased for Charlie (Sharples) scoring some tries, but it was frustrating to see so many tries being scored and not being able to be involved. I had to sit and watch from the stand.

'Two weeks have gone pretty slow, especially when you are not allowed to play. It has been a tough two weeks and I am glad they are over. I'm glad to be back involved.'

This of all matches brings back particularly warm memories for Ashton, which may just help him in his quest to hit the ground running on his first Test appearance since June.

In 2010, the Wallabies came to Twickenham and England gloriously beat them at their own open game. With several tyros in the home ranks, Martin Johnson's team swept to a scorching 35-18 victory founded on a classic act of audacious counter-attacking class.

When England won turnover possession on their own line, Ben Youngs opted against a clearance kick and instead dummied outside then darted into space before passing out to Courtney Lawes.

Three and easy: Alex Goode, Danny Care and Ashton

Three and easy: Alex Goode, Danny Care and Ashton

Splashdown: Ashton scores the try against Australia in 2010 that got him noticed

Splashdown: Ashton scores the try
against Australia in 2010 that got
him noticed

The rookie lock drew a defender before sending Ashton hurtling clear and
he left Drew Mitchell choking on his vapour trail as he swerved infield
and clear to the posts. The try was rounded off by the first nationwide
airing of the 'Ash Splash' swan dive.

Looking back to that heady occasion, Ashton said: 'It is the way
Australia play – it is an open game, so you are encouraged to play that
way. That is what happened on that day. It was only my second game at
Twickenham and we'd just been beaten by the All Blacks, so we needed to
get some confidence back. That was the first sign of us playing together
and being a decent team.

'It was just one of those days, wasn't it They only happen every once
in a while and thankfully we took it with both hands that day. People do
still talk about it, but I've got a feeling it might not happen on
Saturday. I hope it does!

'We had some new faces then so there was a “no fear” mentality. It is
relatively similar this time. We have quite a lot of new people. We will
have to see how they come at us. Our defence is a lot stronger than it
was last time. We are in a better place now.'

On a personal level, Ashton will be in a much better place if he can get
back in the old routine of scoring tries for fun. Following a prolific
start to his Test career, the purple patch has become a fading memory.

The last time he touched down was during last year's World Cup, in the
final pool match against Scotland in Auckland on October 1. Since then,
nine Tests and nil points have left him in a state of considerable
anxiety, as he admitted.

'Yeah, of course, I've thought about it,' said Ashton. 'It's killing me,
but there's nothing I can do about it. I haven't changed anything, I'm
just trying to do exactly what I do normally. It's just one of those
things.

Tackling sessions: James Haskell

Tackling sessions: James Haskell

'It doesn't help either that the games have been spread out over a long
period of time, so you stop and you start again. You go back to your
club and score for them, but it is killing me not scoring for England.
Hopefully I can change that soon. I'm a lot happier if I have scored
during a game.'

Ashton has made a concerted effort to address the flaws
in his defensive work – part technical and part temperamental. He has
been grafting behind the scenes in response to the surreal scenario
whereby he was 'warned' to work on his tackling by the RFU's judicial
officer, Judge Jeff Blackett.

Asked what he has done since that dressing down, he said: 'I've been
getting smashed by James Haskell and Thomas Waldrom a lot and attempting
to tackle them back, but not hitting them half as hard!

'We do quite a lot of defensive work on Tuesdays and I've been doing
bits after training with Andy Farrell. It's just about channelling it in
the right way. Sometimes, in the heat of the moment in a game you get
caught up in certain situations and get carried away. But the older you
get and the more experienced you get, you hope that you'll fade away
from that.'

He also put the problem down to his formative years as a budding rugby
league player, adding: 'Tackling with no arms was what we did growing up
and so sometimes you revert back to that.'

Having recalled Ashton as the only change to his starting XV, England
head coach Stuart Lancaster said: 'You never want to give your
international shirt away and as a consequence he has had a tough lesson.
He has done plenty of work on his tackling technique and we have made
sure he controls his competitive instincts in the right way.'

On the subject of Ashton's nine-Test sequence without a try, Lancaster
said: 'Wings are often the end product of opportunities created by the
team. We have to create as many try-scoring opportunities as we can and
knowing him as I do, I am sure he will take them.'

England rugby players pose for Canterbury and Movember

Twickenham time machine! Can you recognise the England rugby stars behind the vintage gear and fake moustaches

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16:58 GMT, 15 November 2012

Movember has been taking the world of rugby by storm once again this month – but nobody expected it to come to this.

England stars David Wilson, Brad Barritt, Joe Marler and Thomas Waldrom, James Haskell, Ben Youngs and Geoff Parling have been showing the new 1871 collection by Canterbury – and worn accompanying moustaches to boot. (Well, all except Marler that is!)

The name for the limited edition collection derives from the year that the RFU was inaugurated. It draws upon the history of the England kit and features a version of the famous red rose emblem inspired by the very first England shirts back in 1871.

Hats off: England rugby stars wearing the new '1871' collection from Canterbury

Hats off: England rugby stars wearing the new '1871' collection from Canterbury (Top row left to right: David Wilson, Brad Barritt, Joe Marler and Thomas Waldrom. Bottom row: James Haskell, Ben Youngs, Geoff Parling)

On Thursday Stuart Lancaster named his side for the Saturday's Test match against Australia and Chris Ashton's inclusion on the right wing, with Charlie Sharples switching to the left in place of Ugo Monye, is the only change to the side that beat Fiji 54-12 last week

The Saracens wing missed England's opening QBE autumn Test through suspension – but he returns to face the Wallabies, against whom he has scored three tries in three Tests.

Style icon: Second row Geoff Parling poses in the Canterbury gear

Style icon: Second row Geoff Parling poses in the Canterbury gear

Ashton scored his first Test try in England's 21-20 victory in Sydney on the 2010 summer tour and he touched down twice in a record 35-18 win at Twickenham the following autumn.

The second of those efforts, finished by Ashton after England launched a counter-attack from behind their own line, has gone down in the annals as one of the great Twickenham tries.

Ashton is England's most potent attacking threat and he will consider a game against the injury-hit Wallabies as the perfect opportunity to break his international try duck for 2012.

High ball: England winger Chris Ashton shields an aerial delivery in training

High ball: England winger Chris Ashton shields an aerial delivery in training

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

Lancaster will be interested to see how Alex Goode fares at full-back against the Wallabies after an impressive showing against Fiji.

'He's a great footballer and he provides us with extra organisation in our backline. He's a great communicator with the backs and he has the ability to move defenders around and make breaks himself,' Lancaster said. 'It's a step up for him but he's playing well at the moment.'

Goode to talk: Full back Alex (left) gets ready for the Wallabies with a chat with Danny Care and Chris Ashton (right)

Goode to talk: Full back Alex (left) gets ready for the Wallabies with a chat with Danny Care and Chris Ashton (right)

Lancaster plans to keep faith with the back row from the Fiji match so Tom Wood will begin on the replacements' bench.

'The back row played well at the weekend. Tom Wood was good when he came off the bench but we want to give them another shot this week,' he explained.

On the potential for an Australia backlash after their Paris defeat, Lancaster added: 'We will need to step up and our training this week has reflected that. The Aussies will have done a lot of work on their own performance this week after losing against the French.

'But the game before that they pushed the All Blacks to 18-18 and they are a very experienced side who have played some very good rugby over the last six months.'

Chris Ashton replaces Ugo Monye for Australia Test

Ashton back in England squad for Australia clash as wing replaces Monye

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18:51 GMT, 13 November 2012

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 match-day squad made by head coach Stuart Lancaster, who has decided not to rush Jonathan Joseph or Alex Corbisiero back into the squad.

Welcome back: Ashton has replaced Monye after missing the Fiji game

Welcome back: Ashton has replaced Monye after missing the Fiji game

Corbisiero played his first game in five months for the London Irish last weekend after recovering from a knee injury and Lancaster wants him to get another club game under his belt.

Joseph is fit again after shaking an ankle injury but he will join Corbisiero in being available for London Irish in their LV= Cup game against Leicester.

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

Over the line: Monye scored a try in England's thumping win over Fiji on Saturday

Over the line: Monye scored a try in England's thumping win over Fiji on Saturday

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is pushing hard for a first Test start while Thomas Waldrom appears to have retained the No 8 shirt after Ben Morgan was among 13 players released.

Manu Tuilagi has not trained this week and he spent all day today undergoing rehabilitation on a sprained foot but England are confident he will be fit to play on Saturday.

Lancaster said: 'We had to make some tough decisions within the 23 and we are in a good position to be able to select from a largely fit squad.

No rush: Lancaster wants Corbisiero to get another club game under his belt

No rush: Lancaster wants Corbisiero to get another club game under his belt

'Alex Corbisiero has played once in five months so it is important that he goes back and has more game time for London Irish.

'Jonathan Joseph has come through training but Brad Barritt and Manu did well in the centres and, similar to Alex, it would be good for him to get some game time.

'It is tough on Ugo, who misses out this time, but Chris has been excellent in training and Charlie is rewarded for his performance at the weekend.'

If Joseph and Corbisiero both come through the weekend unscathed, they will be strong contenders to feature for England against South Africa a week on Saturday.

Charlie Sharples scores for England: Picture of the week by Andy Hooper

Andy Hooper: My image of the week – Sharples crosses the line at Twickenham

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10:13 GMT, 12 November 2012

Charlie Sharples scoring the first of his two tries in England's victory over Fiji is my favourite image of the week.

Sharples is inches away from grounding the ball and in my final edit I liked the determination on the players' faces. You can see both the Fijians and the England offence are intent on getting the ball.

The next frame shows the ball grounded but there is no movement in the picture as all the action had already happened.

I was positioned on the opposite corner flag but the 400mm telephoto lens enabled me to capture this image and get close to the action.

Nikon D4
Lens 400mm F2.8
Exposure 1/1000th of a second at F2.8 Iso 1600

Made it: Charlie Sharples scores his first try in England's win over Fiji at Twickenham

England 54 Fiji 12: Stuart Lancaster"s side rue missed chances

England 54 Fiji 12: Lancaster's young side in control but rue missed chances

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UPDATED:

00:04 GMT, 11 November 2012

England may have run up a half-century of points with seven tries and a record winning margin against Fiji, but this was no brave new dawn for Stuart Lancaster's side.

The reality is that while England had valid reasons for producing a rusty performance – injuries ruling out half-a-dozen first-choice players – this was as poor a Fiji team as they have fielded in five meetings with their hosts.

Two-try hero: Manu Tuilagi went over twice at Twickenham

Two-try hero: Manu Tuilagi went over twice at Twickenham

Match facts

England: Goode; Sharples, Tuilagi, Barritt, Monye; Flood, Care; Marler, Youngs, Cole, Parling, Palmer, Johnson, Robshaw, Waldron.

Replacements: Paice (65 for T Youngs), Wilson (58 for Cole), Vunipola (46 for Marler), Launchbury (50 for Palmer), Tom Wood (59 for Johnson), B Youngs (58 for Care), Farrell (59 for Flood), Brown (59 for Monye)

Try: Sharples 2, Monye, Johnson, Tuilagi 2. Cons: Flood 4, Farrell. Pens: Flood 3.

Sin bin: Care (10).

Fiji: Koniferedi; Wara, Goneva, Naqelevuki, Votu; Talebula, Matawalu; Makutu, Veikoso, Manu, Nakawara, Ratuniyarawa, Naikatani, Ravulo, Qera.

Replacements: Naureure (47 for Veikoso), Samoca (not used), Saulo (67 for Manu), Kalou (73 for Ratuniyarawa), Ratuva (52 for Naikatini), Bola (not used), Matavesi (40 for Koniferedi), Fatiaki (67 for Wara).

Try: Matawalu, Kalou Con: Matavesi.

Sin bin: Manu (29).

Referee: G Jackson (New Zealand).

That may not be surprising, given
Fiji's absentees after sudden and convenient declarations of allegiance
to France, as well as injuries and visa problems, all of which resulted
in a team ranked 14th in the world having just one full training session
before this encounter at Twickenham.

But despite being ranked 10 places above them, England botched at least seven try-scoring opportunities.

Three were disallowed rightly by the
busy Television Match Official, Gareth Simmonds, two more were held up
and two thrown away by loose final passes.

Throw in the fact that it took 20
minutes before England took the lead – a Toby Flood penalty – in a first
quarter dominated by the South Sea islanders, who also missed two
penalties and almost scored two tries, and Lancaster and his coaching
team will have much to analyse in the cold light of day.

Does this all seem a little churlish
Fiji are an unknown quantity to an England team who last played them in
1999, while England, with three Test debutants in the match-day 23,
needed a good run-out before they take on the big three of Australia,
South Africa and New Zealand.

Maybe.

Make mine a double: Charlie Sharples scored two tries also

Make mine a double: Charlie Sharples scored two tries also

Versatlie: Man-of-the-match Alex Goode operated as a makeshift scrum-half with Danny Care sin-binned

Versatlie: Man-of-the-match Alex Goode operated as a makeshift scrum-half with Danny Care sin-binned

But the Wallabies next Saturday, let
alone the Springboks and All Blacks, will not give England anything
like the freedom afforded them by a Fiji team who ran out of steam well
before the final whistle.

England will need to convert their
chances if they are to come close to fulfilling Lancaster's wish of four
straight autumn wins.

So what are the positives

All 23 of the squad played at least a part, including reserve prop Mako Vunipola and reserve lock Joe Launchbury.

Motoring nicely: Ugo Monye's try pushed the score onto 25-0

Motoring nicely: Ugo Monye's try pushed the score onto 25-0

New hooker Tom Youngs made a more
than decent first start, carrying the ball with zest and producing a
flawless display at the lineout.

Flood, the most experienced player
in this callow England side with 51 caps to his name, kicked seven from
eight as he helped himself to 17 points; Charlie Sharples was within an
inch of scoring a hat-trick of tries, which will make the team selection
for Australia next week interesting with the suspended Chris Ashton
available; and Alex Goode followed up his confident first start as
full-back in Port Elizabeth five months ago with a man-of-the-match
performance.

Up and running: Charlie Sharples scored the opening try

Up and running: Charlie Sharples scored the opening try

High riser: Geoff Parling holds on as England win a lineout

High riser: Geoff Parling holds on as England win a lineout

The injured Ben Foden may have to start thinking about playing on the wing for England when he returns for the Six Nations.

When Flood kicked the first points
of the game, the decision to go for goal was received with the odd boo
by an already restless crowd.

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Tough to stop: Thomas Waldrom is tackled by Vereniki Goneva

Flood converted, then added a penalty, and after having barely been in the game for 26 minutes, England were 13 points up.

It should have been 20 seven minutes from the break, but Joe Marler's final pass to Brad Barritt missed his man.

Three minutes later, the prop made
some amends by playing his part in forcing referee Glen Jackson, the
former Saracens stand-off making his Test debut in charge, to award
England a penalty try after the increasingly dominant English pack
forced their counterparts to repeatedly collapse under their own posts.

When Ugo Monye then burst over
unopposed in the corner after Goode's quick tap in the dying seconds, a
half-time lead of 25-0 appeared about par, and with Flood adding a
penalty, Tom Johnson scoring his first Test try in his first home start
in the corner after receiving from the unselfish Chris Robshaw and Flood
converting inside 50 minutes, a cricket score was on the cards.

This did not quite materialise as England, in fairness, rang the changes.

Fiji scrum-half Nikola Matawalu
grabbed a try back, and although Sharples scored his second from a long,
floated pass from Flood and Manu Tuilagi bulldozed his way to two late
tries, it was Fiji who had the last word when replacement lock Seko
Kalou burrowed his way under the English posts.

Chris Ashton to miss Fiji Test through suspension

EXCLUSIVE: Ashton set to miss autumn opener against Fiji through suspension

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10:36 GMT, 31 October 2012

England are resigned to being without their most potent attacking weapon for the Test against Fiji on November 10, as Chris Ashton is set to miss the game through suspension.

The Saracens wing has been summoned to attend a hearing on Wednesday night after receiving three yellow cards so far this season.

National coach Stuart Lancaster and his assistants are having to plan for the grim scenario of being without the predatory finisher for the first of their four QBE Internationals at Twickenham.

Suspension: Ashton (left) has picked up three yellow cards this season

Suspension: Ashton (left) has picked up three yellow cards this season

Ashton has made an encouraging start with his new club since a summer move from Northampton – with the England coaches particularly impressed by a try he scored in the Heineken Cup demolition of Edinburgh.

However, he was sin-binned in the games against London Irish and Exeter, and a citing from the match against the Saints last Saturday counts as another yellow card. The up-shot is a hearing at 7pm and the likelihood of a one-game ban.

The 25-year-old cross-code international has scored 15 tries in his 26 England appearances to date, although he has not touched down in his last nine Tests.

Blow: England are already without a host of first choice players

Blow: England are already without a host of first choice players

Losing him would be a further setback for Lancaster, who is already without another member of the first-choice back-three unit – Ben Foden, who is recovering from ankle surgery.

In addition, Northampton hooker Dylan Hartley appears certain to miss the entire autumn campaign with a knee injury, while Courtney Lawes and Jonathan Joseph are seemingly destined to be unavailable for the Fiji game.

If, as expected, England are without Ashton for their first Test of the season, the path is clear for Ugo Monye to win a recall to the starting XV, with Charlie Sharples of Gloucester on course to claim the other wing place.

Gloucester 27 Leicester 21: Freddie Burns sends message to Stuart Lancaster

Gloucester 27 Leicester 21: Burns sends message to Lancaster with virtuoso display

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20:14 GMT, 27 October 2012

Freddie Burns emerged as an England contender worthy of Stuart Lancaster’s immediate attention as Gloucester increased their run of unbeaten matches to eight against Leicester on Saturday.

The form fly-half of the season completely upstaged the man in possession of the England No 10 jersey, Toby Flood, who is favourite to start at fly-half in the autumn internationals.

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Class apart: Burns was outstanding for Gloucester

Burns is not in Lancaster’s 32-man Elite
Player Squad which will meet up at Burton this week but he scored a try
of international class and cheated difficult windy conditions to give
Gloucester a deserved victory as Tigers lost ground on Saracens at the
top of the Aviva Premiership.

It would be a bold move to call up the 22-year-old now, but Burns will
surely be the first cab off the rank should an England back suffer an
injury between now and the opening game against Fiji on November 10.

High hopes: Louis Deacon rises to collect a lineout ball

High hopes: Louis Deacon rises to collect a lineout ball

Gloucester built a six-point half-time lead, upstaging a side brimming with England players.

Their momentum was established from the second minute when Charlie
Sharples surged on to Burns’ tap ahead to go over in the corner. Burns’
conversion swerved viciously in a high wind before splitting the
uprights.

Flood reduced the deficit from a penalty before Burns replicated the England player’s accuracy from a penalty.

Outshone: England fly-half Toby Flood

Outshone: England fly-half Toby Flood

Tigers relieved the pressure when Scott Hamilton tore on to Manu
Tuilagi’s pass for a disputed try.

The video referee showed Ben Morgan
had not blocked Hamilton’s stretch for a touchdown for Tigers to close
the gap.

Burns thrilled the crowd with Gloucester’s second try in the 20th minute.

Star attraction: Leicester and England centre Manu Tuilagi

Star attraction: Leicester and England centre Manu Tuilagi

Receiving a pass from scrum-half Jimmy Cowan, Burns chip kicked to
himself to take out a Leicester player and raced over the line before
converting his own touchdown.

A Flood penalty made it 17-11 at the break but the match was settled
midway through the second-half when James Simpson-Daniel burned off the
Tigers defence and send Akapusi Qera over for a Gloucester try. Burns
made it three conversions out of three.

But referee John Doyle’s decision to show Cowan and Rob Cook yellow
cards for infringements when Gloucester were absorbing heavy Tigers
pressure reduced the home team’s numerical strength dramatically.

Winner: Akapusi Qera goes over for Gloucester

Winner: Akapusi Qera goes over for Gloucester

No sooner had the culprits left the pitch than the referee awarded
Leicester a penalty try, converted by Flood, which reduced the arrears
to 27-21.

But the Tigers wasted their numerical advantage to suffer their second Aviva Premiership defeat of the season.

England rugby squad: James Haskell and Ugo Monye recalled for Autumn Tests

Haskell and Monye end England exile as Lancaster calls up Vunipola for Autumn Tests

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09:05 GMT, 25 October 2012

England have confirmed the selection of Saracens rookie Mako Vunipola as one of just four props in a revised squad of 32 for the QBE Internationals at Twickenham next month.

The 21-year-old was only brought into the second-string Saxons squad last month, but now his club performances have ensured that his rapid personal development continues apace. He has been called up in place of the injured Alex Corbisiero, as one of four enforced changes.

Harlequins wing Ugo Monye comes in for Ben Foden while there is a return for another experienced figure – James Haskell, who takes over from long-term absentee Tom Croft. The other addition to the senior ranks is Leicester hooker Tom Youngs, who earns his opportunity while Rob Webber of Bath recovers from injury.

Call up: Mako Vunipola of Saracens

Call up: Mako Vunipola of Saracens

England squad

A Allen (Leicester), C Ashton (Saracens), B Barritt (Saracens), M Botha (Saracens), M Brown (Harlequins), D Care (Harlequins), D Cole (Leicester), L Dickson (Northampton), P Dowson (Northampton), O Farrell (Saracens), T Flood (Leicester), A Goode (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton), J Haskell (Wasps),T Johnson (Exeter), J Joseph (London Irish), C Lawes (Northampton), J Marler (Harlequins), U Monye (Harlequins), B Morgan (Gloucester), T Palmer (Wasps), G Parling (Leicester), C Robshaw (Harlequins), C Sharples (Gloucester), M Tuilagi (Leicester), J Turner-Hall (Harlequins), M Vunipola (Saracens), T Waldrom (Leicester), D Wilson (Bath), T Wood (Northampton), B Youngs (Leicester), T Youngs (Leicester).

The selection of Vunipola, ahead of
the more established Matt Mullan of Worcester, represents a bold move by
head coach Stuart Lancaster and his assistants, given that the New
Zealand-born player of Tongan descent is one of only four props, along
with Dan Cole, Joe Marler and Dave Wilson.

Lancaster said: ‘It’s great to be
able to give Mako a chance in the squad. He has come through our
age-grade sides and made a real impact at Saracens.

'Likewise Tom Youngs, who was with us on tour
in South Africa, and we know what James Haskell and Ugo Monye are
capable of if they get their opportunity.'

He added: 'As a coaching team we
can’t wait to go into camp and get the guys focused on what will be a
massive challenge in the QBE Internationals – Fiji and then the three
major Southern Hemisphere teams in successive weeks.

Stuart Lancaster to name England squad

Vunipola in fast lane to England squad as lucky Lancaster names his men for autumn

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21:30 GMT, 24 October 2012

All Test coaches need Lady Luck’s assistance and Stuart Lancaster can consider himself fortunate looking ahead to Thursday’s announcement of a revised England squad.

Of the 32 players named by Lancaster in his elite squad in July, all but five should be available for next month’s QBE internationals at Twickenham — provided there are no injury dramas in Aviva Premiership matches this weekend.

Saracens prop Matt Stevens retired, and injuries have ruled out Ben Foden (full back), Tom Croft (flanker), Rob Webber (hooker) and Alex Corbisiero (prop) from the selection equation — although Corbisiero may be available before the end of November.

Call: Mako Vunipola will be the England squad named by Stuart Lancaster

Call: Mako Vunipola will be the England squad named by Stuart Lancaster

Probable England squad

Allen, Ashton, Barritt, Botha, Brown, Care, Cole, Dickson, Dowson, Farrell, Flood, Goode, Hartley, Haskell, Johnson, Joseph, Lawes, Marler, Monye, Morgan, Palmer, Parling, Robshaw, Sharples, Tuilagi, Turner-Hall, Vunipola, Waldrom, Wilson, Wood, B Youngs, T Youngs

In some parts of the field England are well stocked; in others the cover is thin. For example, Lancaster has options aplenty at scrum-half, but he is not so awash with top-drawer contenders at No 10, where Toby Flood is on course to start.

One of the changes to be announced is that of Saracens rookie prop, Mako Vunipola, the New Zealand-born loosehead of Tongan descent who made a major impact in England’s Grand Slam-winning Under 20 team.

He is due to be rewarded for his impressive start to the club season and the speed of his progress is highlighted by the fact that he was only drafted into the Saxons ranks last month.

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Crocked: Ben Foden (right) will miss England's internationals through injury

In the absence of Northampton’s Foden, Ugo Monye of Harlequins is preferred over rookie rivals Christian Wade, Jonny May and Marland Yarde. He will challenge Charlie Sharples for the right to start on the left flank, while Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will join his brother Ben in the squad.

Meanwhile, young Scarlets prop Samson Lee will join the Wales squad at their training camp in Poland next week, as injury cover for Wales prop Adam Jones. The Ospreys tighthead, 31, is a doubt for the autumn opener against Argentina in Cardiff on November 10 after aggravating a knee injury in Sunday’s defeat at Leicester.