Ex-Blues set to battle it out in the forwards at Twickenham

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Ex-Blues will be battling it out in the front row when England take on Australia in Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on SkySports HD).

Hooker Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers) and prop Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) will be lining up against Ben Alexander (Brumbies) in a battle of the former Blues as the two sides contest the Cook Cup.

Meanwhile, dual-registered Saracens and Bedford forward Mako Vunipola has been named on the bench for England.

Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “To select 23 from a squad of 30 plus who have trained so well, with such intensity and focus, was difficult but it’s a good position to be in. The “team first” mentality of all our squad has impressed us greatly.

“We were pleased with lots of aspects of our performance last week, but we know we need to improve this week and, by having some consistency in selection, we allow those players to demonstrate we can step up to the next level against what will be a very tough Australian side.”

There will be another 82,000 full house at Twickenham and Lancaster added: “The crowd at Twickenham last week were brilliant and we can’t wait to get back there this Saturday and take part in what I am sure will be a very exciting Test match.”