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Tuilagi delighted to be back in harness with Slade

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Published on October 18, 2019 - Duration: 01:08s

Tuilagi delighted to be back in harness with Slade

England looks ahead to the return of midfield duo Manu Tulaigi and Henry Slade as scrum half Ben Youngs says it's crucial to start quickly.

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Tuilagi delighted to be back in harness with Slade

SHOWS: OITA, JAPAN (OCTOBER 18, 2019) (REUTERS - ACCESS ALL) 1.

(SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND RUGBY SQUAD INSIDE CENTRE, MANU TUILAGI, ON HENRY SLADE, SAYING: "He can play, run, he can kick, he's an all-rounder, so for him to be in our backline just adds a massive part to our game, especially with Faz at 10.

So, like you said, we've played a couple of times before.

We've been together for a while so we understand each other well." 2.

WHITE FLASH 3.

(SOUNDBITE) (England) ENGLAND RUGBY SQUAD SCRUM HALF BEN YOUNGS SAYING: "We've got to have to just make sure we come out the blocks.

What Owen and Eddie have been saying is bring that intensity from the start, and you know, I'm sure they'll (Australia) be saying the same thing.

So, I imagine the first twenty minutes will be pretty full on.

We've got to make sure that we get off to the start that we want." 4.

ENGLAND TEAM STRETCHING AND RUNNING ON PITCH STORY: Manu Tuilagi says it is a big boost to have a fully-fit Henry Slade back outside him for Saturday's (October 19) World Cup semi-final against Australia, as England line up with the same midfield combination that clicked so well in their best performance of the year.

Slade missed all the August warm-up games with a knee injury and played only 40 minutes off the bench in the pool games, but he starts at 13 on Saturday, outside Tuilagi, with Owen Farrell back at flyhalf.

Although it's a combination not often used by coach Eddie Jones - usually because of injury restrictions and due to his recent preference for George Ford at 10 - they played brilliantly together in their 32-20 Six Nations win over Ireland in Dublin in February.

That was Tuilagi's first Six Nations start for six years, while Slade probably had his best game for England, capped by scoring two tries.

Ben Youngs was also scrumhalf then, as he is on Saturday, in fact the only change to the backline to face Australia is the presence of Anthony Watson on the wing instead of Jack Nowell.

Youngs, one of only three starters who played last time England reached the quarter-finals in 2011, said it was essential that after such a long build-up, England's players hit the ground running.

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