Lancaster looking for cup clues
England head coach Stuart Lancaster insists the looming round of Heineken Cup action will help shape his team selection against Australia.
The Wallabies open the QBE Internationals at Twickenham on November 2 with Argentina and then New Zealand completing the three-Test series.
Few players have inked their name in Lancaster's starting XV, especially in the midfield where there will be a new-look combination to replace the injured Manu Tuilagi and Brad Barritt.
A host of names - among them Billy Twelvetrees, Henry Trinder, Joel Tomkins, Matt Kvesic and Chris Robshaw - will be hoping to use the final round of European matches before the international break to press their claims.
"It's going to be a big weekend, certainly in terms of individual performances," Lancaster said.
"We're getting closer to deciding on a team, particularly in the forwards.
"Obviously in the backs, particularly in the centre, there are still got some debates to be had.
"A lot will be taken from the Leeds camp, leading into the week of the Australia game.
"We've obviously monitored the players' progress and we're getting a lot closer to it. We're very happy with where we are.
"In an ideal world, particularly in the backs, we would have Manu and Brad and we'd be selecting from players we know, but the reality is that whatever combination we go with there's going to be inexperience in there.
"Joel hasn't played for England, neither have Henry nor Luther Burrell. Billy has, but not very often.
"Whoever we go with in the centre, there's going to be some inexperience there.
"But equally we will trust our coaching instincts to give us the answers in the next two weeks."
The midfield is the area that will be occupying the minds of England's coaching team most of all.
Trinder and Tomkins are competing to partner Twelvetrees in what has been seen as a problem area for the team for much of the last decade.
"Ideally, Brad and Manu would be involved but who says that Henry Trinder or Joel Tomkins can't force our hand to be our international centres," Lancaster said.