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Six Tigers set for first Test with England

Six Leicester Tigers are included in the England matchday squad for the first Test against Australia this Saturday.

The uncapped Jack van Poortvliet and Guy Porter are among the replacements with club colleagues Joe Heyes and Ollie Chessum, with Ellis Genge and Freddie Steward in the starting line-up.

England face the Wallabies at the Optus Stadium in Perth on Saturday (11.00am UK time).

Head coach Eddie Jones said: “The squad has come together well since we met up last week. Picking the 23 out of this group of 36 was difficult.  We feel we have a well-balanced team which is ready for this improving Australia team.”

Australia v England is live on Sky Sports Main Event with coverage from 10.15am UK time.

15 Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 10 caps)

14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 39 caps)
13 Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 12 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 94 caps)
11 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 11 caps)
10 Marcus Smith (Harlequins, 10 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins, 84 caps)
1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 36 caps)
2 Jamie George (Saracens, 66 caps)
3 Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 20 caps)
4 Maro Itoje (Saracens, 56 caps)
5 Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 12 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (c) (Northampton Saints, 93 caps)
7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 40 caps)
8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 61 caps) 

16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 34 caps)
17 Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 67 caps)
18 Joe Heyes (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)
19 Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 2 caps)

20 Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints, 11 caps)
21 Jack van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)
22 Guy Porter (Leicester Tigers, uncapped)

23 Henry Arundell (London Irish, uncapped) *apprentice player