England v Australia: Danny Care dropped for Test; Manu Tuilagi in squad

Danny Care scoring for England against Japan

England v Australia
Venue: Twickenham Date: Saturday, 24 November Kick-off: 15:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live with BBC Two highlights at 19:30 GMT

England scrum-half Danny Care has been dropped for Saturday’s match against Australia at Twickenham.

Centre Alex Lozowski and number eight Zach Mercer have also been left out of head coach Eddie Jones’ 28-man squad for the final autumn fixture.

Northampton back Piers Francis and Manu Tuilagi have been included.

“We weren’t happy with some aspects on Saturday and he can go away and work on them,” said Jones about his decision to drop Harlequins scrum-half Care.

Jones also confirmed that wing Chris Ashton will have a scan on his calf on Monday after picking up an injury in the win over Japan on Saturday, but says it “doesn’t look too serious”.

Meanwhile, England are hopeful Tuilagi will be available to face the Wallabies, with Jones saying the Leicester centre is “100%” in contention but will not play if there is any risk.

Tuilagi was expected to play against South Africa in the first match of the autumn but suffered a groin injury in training.

Number eight Nathan Hughes is included in the squad after returning from a six-week suspension, having trained on Friday and Sunday.

England have two wins from their previous three autumn fixtures, with victories over South Africa and Japan coming either side of a 16-15 defeat by world champions New Zealand.

England squad to face Australia:

Forwards: Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Dylan Hartley, Alec Hepburn, Ted Hill, Nathan Hughes, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes, Ben Moon, Brad Shields, Kyle Sinckler, Elliott Stooke, Sam Underhill, Harry Williams, Mark Wilson.

Backs: Chris Ashton, Joe Cokanasiga, Elliot Daly, Owen Farrell, George Ford, Piers Francis, Jonny May, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Ben Te’o, Manu Tuilagi, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Youngs.

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