Yarde, Burrell start for England

Date published: June 9 2016

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Marland Yarde has been handed a surprise start ahead of Jack Nowell in England's side to face Australia in Brisbane this Saturday.

England captain Dylan Hartley will lead out a side against Australia with a total of 539 international caps between them.

Saracens’ Owen Farrell starts at fly-half with Northampton Saints’ Luther Burrell alongside him at inside centre. Harlequins’ Yarde retains his place on the wing after a strong performance against Wales at Twickenham.

The pack is unchanged from the one that started in Paris earlier in the year when England beat France to be crowned Six Nations champions.

Full-back Mike Brown will win his 50th England cap when he runs out at Suncorp Stadium on Saturday.  

“We have picked a side to win in Brisbane,” said England Head Coach Eddie Jones. “As always selection was tight and naturally players are disappointed, but we’ve gone with a 23 that has a good mix of experience and youth. 

“We aim to win every Test match we play and I am pleased with our preparation since we landed in Australia. The group have acclimatised well, trained hard and there’s a buzz around the camp."

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Luther Burrell, 11 Marland Yarde, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Mako Vunipola
Replacements: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Matt Mullan, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Danny Care, 22 George Ford, 23 Jack Nowell

Date: Saturday, June 11
Venue: Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Kick-off: 20:00 local (10:00 GMT)
Referee: Romain Poite (France)
Assistant Referees: Craig Joubert (South Africa), Glen Jackson (New Zealand)

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