Burgess back to the bench as Lancaster rolls the dice

by Paul Cook - It's probably no surprise given the return to availability of Jonathan Joseph and the question marks over his performance in last week's devastating loss to Wales, but Sam Burgess returns to bench duty for England as coach Stuart Lancaster names the squad to take on Australia in Sunday morning's do-or-die clash for the hosts. Ben Morgan comes back in at no. 8 for Billy Vunipola, whose tournament was ended by injury, while Courtney Lawes is another casualty from last weekend's battle royale, Joe Launchbury taking the Northampton lock's place and veteran Nick Easter joining the bench. Ben Youngs has recovered from an ankle issue to take his place at scrumhalf and - in possibly the tactical decision of most interest to the Red Rose faithful - he will be partnered once again by Owen Farrell.  A loss for England could make them the first host nation in Rugby World Cup history to fail to reach the knockout-stages. Gloucester enforcer Morgan, spoke earlier in the week abo
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