England v Australia
Lancaster set to keep faith with Dickson
October 31, 2013
Lee Dickson has enjoyed some impressive early season form © Getty Images
Lee Dickson is set to pip Ben Youngs to the starting England scrum-half berth ahead of Saturday's Test against Australia, according to widespread reports.
Dickson has enjoyed some impressive early season form at Northampton and Stuart Lancaster is set to reward him with a place in the Test side. With Danny Care released for club duties, Youngs will provide cover from the bench.
In other selection news, Joel Tomkins is likely to be handed the outside centre shirt, making his Test debut in the process, with Billy Twelvetrees at No.12. The back three will see Marland Yarde, Chris Ashton and Mike Brown all starting.
In the pack, both Alex Corbisiero and Geoff Parling are out injured so Mako Vunipola is set to be handed the loose-head berth with Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury in line to be the second-row pairing. And coach Graham Rowntree was full of praise for Lawes' form.
"I've been very impressed with the consistency in his game and so have his club," Rowntree said. "He's really come on, he's developing into a lineout leader and he's maturing well."
Predicted England line-up:
Mike Brown, Chris Ashton, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Marland Yarde, Owen Farrell, Lee Dickson; Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Tom Wood, Chris Robshaw (captain), Billy Vunipola.
Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Joe Marler, David Wilson, Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Ben Youngs, Toby Flood, Ben Foden
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