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Charlie Sharples stays with England squad after his two tries against Fiji

By Sportsnews  |  Posted: November 14, 2012

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Gloucester's Charlie Sharples has been rewarded for his two tries for England against Fiji at the weekend with a place in Stuart Lancaster's squad of 23 players ahead of Saturday's Cook Cup international against Australia at Twickenham..

His fellow Cherry and White team-mates Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Morgan and Freddie Burns are also in the England 23.

England head coach Lancaster said: "Charlie is rewarded for his performance at the weekend."

Saracens wing Chris Ashton has replaced Ugo Monye in England's squad for Saturday's game.

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 Lancaster, who has decided not to rush Jonathan Joseph or Alex Corbisiero back into the squad.

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 tomorrow morning but Ashton and Sharples are the likely wing selections, with Monye released to play for Harlequins.

Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is pushing hard for a first Test start while Thomas Waldrom appears to have retained the number eight 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.

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  • GlawsSurfer  |  November 14 2012, 8:34AM

    A try scorer in the England squad?! Whatever next?

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