England coach Stuart Lancaster set to name his side for Australia
Last Updated: 31/10/13 10:47am
Ex-England scrum half Andy Gomersall discusses Stuart Lancaster's selection for the Autumn Internationals.
England coach Stuart Lancaster is set to name his side for Saturday's Autumn international against Australia at Twickenham on Thursday morning.
Saracens centre Joel Tomkins is expected to make his debut in midfield alongside Gloucester fly-half Billy Twelvetrees.
The other three centres in the club - Henry Trinder, Luther Burrell and Kyle Eastmond - are among 11 players released by Lancaster.
Chris Ashton, Marland Yarde and Mike Brown are likely to form the back three, with Ben Foden on the bench after Alex Goode was also among those sent back to his club.
Danny Care has returned to Harlequins which means Lancaster will choose between Ben Youngs and Lee Dickson at scrum-half.
England will be without prop Alex Corbisiero because of a knee injury, while Geoff Parling has also been ruled out after suffering concussion during training.
Tomkins is the latest rugby league convert to represent his country at union after impressing for Saracens in the Premiership.
Former England international Andy Gomarsall believes the 26-year-old has earned his place, as has Twelvetrees.
"He has been in the squad so you have to test him," Gomarsall told Sky Sports. "He has clearly impressed Stuart Lancaster in training and is part of a very good Saracens team.
"And Twelvetrees has had an awesome year culminating in a Lions tour."
England will be looking to avenge their 20-14 defeat to Australia at Twickenham just under a year ago.
Saturday's game is the first of three home internationals in November, with Argentina the opponents on the 9th and New Zealand on the 16th.
Watch England take on Australia this Saturday. Coverage starts on Sky 3D and Sky Sports 2 HD from 1:30pm.