Youngs Earns England Debut as Robshaw Returns

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By Nick Howson | November 8, 2012 10:02 PM EST

Leicester Tigers hooker Tom Youngs will make his England debut against Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday, while captain Chris Robshaw returns after injury.

Joe Marler and Dan Cole complete the front-row and Charlie Sharples and Ugo Monye will play on the right and left wing respectively instead of the suspended Chris Ashton and the injured Ben Foden.

Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt are partnered together in the centre, James Haskell will feature as the open-side flanker and Alex Goode earns his third cap at full-back.

"This QBE International series will be a real marker of where we are as a squad," coach Stuart Lancaster said.

We are playing four back-to-back matches in four weeks against the top teams in the world and we are confident we can rise to the challenge. The foundations are in place, now it's time for us to execute and deliver.

"Fiji is a good first Test for us and we can't wait to play back at Twickenham. The atmosphere against Ireland back in March was superb and you can't underestimate what it means to the players to have 82,000 people and the nation behind them.

"Congratulations to Tom Youngs, who has made a great transition from centre to hooker in a short period and deserves his chance, as do Joe Launchbury and Mako Vunipola, who we are pleased to be able to include in the squad."

Lancaster has been forced to name an inexperienced line-up for the first of four Autumn internationals which will dictate England's seeding for the World Cup 2015 draw in December.

Northampton trio Dylan Hartley, Courtney Laws and Ben Foden, London Irish pair Alex Corbisiero and Jonathan Joseph and Harlequins centre Jordan Turner-Hall are all absent through injury while Ashton is suspended after picking up a third yellow card playing for The Saints.

Should England retain their current top four status they will avoid the current top three, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa, whom they all face in the coming weeks, in the group stage draw for the World Cup on home soil in three years' time.

England team to face Fiji

Goode, Sharples, Tuilagi, Barritt, Moye, Flood, Care, Marler, Youngs, Cole, Palmer, Parling, Johnson, Robshaw, Waldrom

Replacements: Paice, Wilson, Vunipola, Launchbury, Wood, Youngs, Farrell, Brown

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