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Five Tigers start autumn series for England

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The Leicester Tigers back row of Tom Croft, Lewis Moody and Jordan Crane will start together for England in the opening international of the season against Australia at Twickenham on Saturday.

Club colleague Louis Deacon is named in the second row and Dan Hipkiss starts at centre.

There are places among the replacements for former Tigers duo Andy Goode and the uncapped Ayoola Erinle, both now playing in France.

Another French-based player, hooker Steve Thompson, will make his first international start since 2006.

Watch the match coverage on the big screen at Welford Road on Saturday.

England (v Australia, Investec Challenge, Twickemnham, Saturday 2.30pm)
15 Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
14 Mark Cueto (Sale Sharks)
13 Dan Hipkiss (Leicester Tigers)
12 Shane Geraghty (Northampton Saints)
11 Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
10 Jonny Wilkinson (Toulon)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins)
1 Tim Payne (London Wasps)
2 Steve Thompson (CA Brive)
3 Dave Wilson (Bath Rugby)
4 Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers)
5 Steve Borthwick (Saracens, Captain)
6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
7 Lewis Moody (Leicester Tigers)
8 Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)

16 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
17 Duncan Bell (Bath Rugby)
18 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
19 James Haskell (Stade Francais)
20 Paul Hodgson (London Irish)
21 Andy Goode (CA Brive)
22 Ayoola Erinle (Biarritz Olympique)