Gloucester duo Sharples and Qera going toe-to-toe at Twickenham
CHARLIE Sharples will square up to Gloucester team-mate Akapusi Qera at Twickenham tomorrow.
Flying wing Sharples will win his third England cap as he replaces banned Saracens paceman Chris Ashton in Stuart Lancaster's side for the opening autumn international.
Muscular loose forward Qera lines up at number eight for Fiji, having been drafted back into the injury-hit squad.
The 27-year-old had opted out of Fiji's Northern Hemisphere tour, to concentrate on getting to grips with life under Nigel Davies at Kingsholm.
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But the Fijian management invoked the IRB's release clause, effectively calling rank over Gloucester.
The Cherry and Whites did not resist – and now the two friends will go toe-to-toe in west London (kick-off 2.30pm).
England boss Lancaster has also named former Dean Close pupil Tom Johnson in his back-row, the Exeter Chief continuing to impress with the national side.
Leicester hooker Tom Youngs makes his debut, while Toby Flood, Brad Barritt and Manu Tuilagi form the midfield combination after Freddie Burns and Billy Twelvetrees were released from the squad in midweek.
Leicester number eight Thomas Waldrom gets the nod as expected, with Ben Morgan also not required this week. Elsewhere Jim Hamilton packs down at lock as Scotland host New Zealand.
ENGLAND: A Goode, C Sharples, M Tuilagi, B Barritt, U Monye, T Flood, D Care, J Marler, T Youngs, D Cole, T Palmer, G Parling, T Johnson, C Robshaw (capt), T Waldrom. Replacements: D Paice, D Wilson, M Vunipola, J Launcbury, T Wood, B Youngs, O Farrell, M Brown.