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Last updated: 2nd November 2013  

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England meet Australia on Saturday in the first of their three QBE Internationals this autumn at Twickenham, live on Sky Sports 2.

With the 10 year anniversary of England's World Cup win, when they beat Australia in the final, fast approaching, the current crop will be looking to show they are capable of emulating Sir Clive Woodward's team.

Joel Tomkins will make his England debut in the game at Twickenham just two years after switching codes from rugby league.

The outside centre has been given the chance to impress by head coach Stuart Lancaster, with Gloucester's Billy Twelvetrees set to partner him at inside centre.

Tomkins' Saracens team-mate Billy Vunipola and London Irish wing Marland Yarde will make their Twickenham bows after winning their first international caps in Argentina earlier this year.

Lee Dickson, who started both Tests against the Pumas, beats off competition from Ben Youngs and Danny Care to win his 10th cap at scrum-half, with Owen Farrell confirmed as his half-back colleague.

Dan Cole, Ben Youngs and his brother Tom also return to the matchday squad for the opening QBE Autumn international.

Captain

Australia, meanwhile, have named Ben Mowen as captain with James Horwill being told to focus on his own game.

Mowen skippered the Wallabies in their 14-13 victory over Argentina during the Rugby Championship and will lead the side out again in the opening QBE Autumn international.

Quade Cooper has been selected as vice-captain by head coach Ewen McKenzie, who has urged Horwill to rediscover his passion and aggression.

"There's no doubting James is a world-class leader but it's important he is putting his own personal performance first and playing to the level we know he is capable of on a weekly basis," said McKenzie.

England: Brown, Ashton, Tomkins, Twelvetrees, Yarde, Farrell, Dickson; M Vunipola, T Youngs, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Wood, Robshaw (capt), B Vunipola
Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Wilson, Morgan, B Youngs, Flood, Foden.

Australia: Folau, Ashley-Cooper, Kuridrani, Toomua, Cummins, Cooper, Genia, Mowen (c), Hooper, Fardy, Horwill, Timani, Alexander, Moore, Slipper.
Replacements: Fainga'a, Robinson, Kepu, Douglas, McCalman, White, Lealiifano, Foley.

Watch England take on Australia this Saturday. Coverage starts on Sky 3D and Sky Sports 2 HD from 1:30pm.