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Stuart Lancaster has not been afraid to wield the axe since succeeding Martin Johnson as England boss, but he has stopped well short of using a chainsaw. Until last night.

Chris Ashton replaces Ugo Monye for England

Saracens wing Chris Ashton has replaced Ugo Monye in England's 23-man squad for Saturday's Cook Cup international against Australia at Twickenham.

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Tom Youngs

Tom Youngs to make England debut against Fiji

Leicester hooker Tom Youngs will make his Test debut against Fiji on Saturday after being confirmed in one of the most inexperienced England sides of the professional era.

Sharples and Youngs to start in England rejig

Stuart Lancaster has been predicting for weeks that the England team selected to start the first match of the autumn series, against Fiji on Saturday, would be different from the one that squares up to the All Blacks next month. What he did not expect was to find himself reselecting his side before a ball had been kicked or a pass thrown at Twickenham.

Stuart Lancaster casts his eye over his England side

Stuart Lancaster forced to reshuffle England pack after Jonathan Joseph and Tom Palmer blows

Injury and suspension may be the bane of a coach's life, but they take the pain out of team selection. The failure of the London Irish centre Jonathan Joseph to complete Monday's training session at the England base in Surrey effectively ruled him out of next Saturday's meeting with Fiji at Twickenham, thereby sparing Stuart Lancaster and his back-room staff an awkward decision in midfield. It now seems certain that Brad Barritt of Saracens and Leicester's Manu Tuilagi will be reunited in the back division.

Freddie Burns of Gloucester

Gloucester duo Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees receive England training camp call-up

Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees, the two Gloucester midfielders mounting a strong case for promotion to the full England squad, have been called up for training ahead of this weekend's opening autumn international against Fiji at Twickenham.

Diamond delight at Sale’s first league win

The Sale chief executive, Steve Diamond praised his side’s resilience after they ignored the distraction of the club’s off-field difficulties to defeat London Irish 21-9 last night.

Nick Evans of Harlequins

Harlequins delighted after Nick Evans signs new contract

Harlequins boss Conor O'Shea feels that Christmas has come early for his Aviva Premiership leaders after playmaker Nick Evans agreed a new three-year contract.

Chris Robshaw, the England captain, shows the media his shiner yesterday

Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are ruled out

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

England captain Chris Robshaw

Chris Robshaw named as England captain for autumn internationals

Chris Robshaw has been confirmed as England captain for the QBE autumn Tests against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand.

Mullan brought in for Marler

England may have gathered at a new training base – the national football centre at St George's Park in Staffordshire – but they are suffering from an age-old problem: a rash of injury concerns ahead of the autumn internationals. Having called in two forwards, the London Irish hooker David Paice and the Harlequins lock George Robson, because of the trauma suffered by Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes during Northampton's weekend defeat by Saracens, they added to their reinforcements yesterday by sending for Matt Mullan, the Worcester prop.

Tom Casson scores a last-minute try for Harlequins

Hard knocks for Irish as Casson grabs winner that never was

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