Joseph set for Australia return

Date published: September 30 2015

England's hopes of victory over Australia have been given a lift with reports that Jonathan Joseph will start at Twickenham.

Lose and the Rugby World Cup hosts will dramatically be out of the tournament, but the news that Joseph could recover in time from a pectoral injury that ruled him out of the loss to Wales comes just at the right time.

As a result of Joseph's return to fitness, Sam Burgess is expected to drop out of England's starting XV after attracting both praise and criticism from several pundits for his performance against Wales.

Joseph had an outstanding Six Nations for England and his return will revitalise their attack whilst adding some much-needed pace to the midfield.

Brad Barritt is expected to revert to inside centre after being caught out in the wider channels by Wales once they looked wide in the second half last weekend.

Elsewhere, following Billy Vunipola's tournament-ending injury Ben Morgan recovers to start at number eight, with Joe Launchbury set to come into the side in place of the injured Courtney Lawes.

Ben Youngs should start again if he recovers in time from an ankle knock, with Richard Wigglesworth waiting in the wings.

Nick Easter, who was called up on Monday following Vunipola's injury, could feature off the bench along with young lock George Kruis, where George Ford will also be after Owen Farrell's strong outing on his return to the starting side.