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Centre Jamie Lyon will end a three-year exile after being named among five changes to the starting Australian team for Saturday's Tri-Nations rugby league Test against Great Britain.
With his team unbeaten after its opening two series matches against New Zealand, Australian coach Ricky Stuart has opted to make wide use of his 23-man squad. Lyon takes over in the centres from Justin Hodges, utility back Ben Hornby replaces a resting Johnathan Thurston at halfback and Brent Tate takes over from Matt King on a wing.
In the forwards, barnstorming second rower Willie Mason returns after missing game two against the Kiwis on October 21 because of concussion and Shaun Berrigan swaps his bench spot to replace Cameron Smith at hooker.
Lyon has not represented the Kangaroos since 2003 after walking away from the Parramatta club in 2004 and later spending two seasons in England's Super League.
Antonio Kaufusi has been ruled out of the Australian team for Saturday night's Tri Nations rugby league Test against Great Britain with a minor hamstring strain. He?s been replaced by Sam Thaiday on the bench.
Australian team: Karmichael Hunt, Brent Tate, Mark Gasnier, Jamie Lyon, Greg Inglis, Darren Lockyer (C), Ben Hornby, Mark O'Meley, Shaun Berrigan, Petero Civoniceva, Willie Mason, Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke O'Donnell
Interchange: Cameron Smith, Anthony Tupou, Brent Kite, Sam Thaiday.