Saints trio handed England nod

Courtney Lawes has been in superb form so far this season.
Courtney Lawes has been in superb form so far this season. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints stars Lee Dickson, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood have all been named in England's starting line-up for Saturday's crunch clash with Australia at Twickenham.

Lawes, who has made a blistering start to the Aviva Premiership season, has been rewarded for his fine form with a place in the second row alongside Joe Launchbury, whilst 26-year-old Wood keeps his spot at flanker.

Lee Dickson has been preferred at scrum-half to Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs.

Meanwhile, Northampton captain Dylan Hartley will have to settle for a place on the bench after Tom Youngs was named at hooker.

Ben Foden has also been selected as one of the replacements.

England team to face Australia: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Marland Yarde (London Irish), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)

Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Billy Vunipola (Saracens)

Replacements: Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), David Wilson (Bath), Dave Attwood (Bath), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)

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