Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi will make a first Test appearance for England since March 2016 on Saturday when they entertain Australia at Twickenham. 

The 27-year-old has been selected as a replacement after a tremendous start to this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, scoring a try in Leicester’s 24-10 defeat by Ulster in Round 1 and in their 45-27 victory over Scarlets in Round 2 – winning Heineken Man of the Match in the process in the latter game. 

He has been limited to rare appearances in European rugby in recent years, but has still racked up nine European Cup tries from 23 matches, including three on Leicester’s run to the quarter-finals in 2013. 

Saracens fly-half and two-time Champions Cup winner Owen Farrell co-captains the side alongside replacement hooker Dylan Hartley, with Farrell’s clubmate, Jamie George, again starting in the No. 2 jersey. 

Both George and Farrell – who won EPCR European Player of the Year in 2016 – have started in Saracens’ victories over Glasgow Warriors and Lyon in this season’s Heineken Champions Cup, leaving them top of Pool 3. 

Bath Rugby wing Joe Cokanasiga keeps his place in the side after scoring his first international try against Japan last weekend, while Leicester’s Jonny May is on the other wing. 

Wasps flanker Brad Shields and Bath flanker Sam Underhill return to the back row, while Newcastle Falcons forward Mark Wilson moves from flanker to No. 8.