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Chris Ashton Returns For First Start In Four Years As England Name Team

Eddie Jones and co. have named the fifteen men who will lead the charge in their November Series Test match New Zealand on Saturday.

Earlier today we brought you the All Blacks team that were selected by head-coach Steve Hansen for this weekend’s match, a line-up that will read as follows:

Damian McKenzie; Ben Smith, Jack Goodhue, Sonny Bill Williams, Rieko Ioane; Beauden Barrett, Aaron Smith; Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Liam Squire; Brodie Retallick, Sam Whitelock; Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe

Reserves: Dane Coles, Ofa Tuungafasi, Nepo Laulala, Scott Barrett, Matt Todd, TJ Perenara, Richie Mo’unga, Ryan Crotty

At 12pm on Thursday the English team was announced via their official Twitter account, with the highlights coming from the absence of Manu Tuilagi and the inclusion of Chris Ashton, who makes his first start in four years.

In December 2012, Ashton had a hand in England’s 38-21 win over the All Blacks, scoring a try in what was the last time they managed to hand the fearsome side a loss.

England vs. New Zealand will kick off at 3pm in Twickenham on Saturday.

Cillian Cunningham, Pundit Arena

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