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Simmons to reach 50-cap milestone

Lock Rob Simmons will win his 50th Australia cap in Saturday's autumn Test clash with England at Twickenham.

The 25-year-old is the sixth Wallabies star to reach 50 caps in 2014 and retains his place in a starting line-up showing three changes from the 26-23 defeat against Ireland.

Adam Ashley-Cooper switches to outside centre after Tevita Kuridrani suffered an ankle problem, with Rob Horne starting on the wing, while Sean McMahon returns at flanker.

Nick Phipps and Bernard Foley continue as half-backs, again joined by centre Matt Toomua in what proved a dangerous axis despite defeat in Dublin last weekend.

The Wallabies are yet to finalise their replacements, but boss Michael Cheika is once again expected to include giant lock Will Skelton and playmaking trio Will Genia, Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.

Australia team to face England at Twickenham on Saturday: I Folau (Waratahs), H Speight (Brumbies), A Ashley-Cooper (Waratahs), M Toomua (Brumbies), R Horne, B Foley, N Phipps (all Waratahs), J Slipper, S Fainga'a (both Reds), S Kepu (Waratahs), S Carter (Brumbies), R Simmons (Reds), S McMahon (Rebels), M Hooper (capt, Waratahs), B McCalman (Western Force).


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