Saracens duo Chris Ashton and Billy Vunipola could not prevent England losing 36-13 against New Zealand this morning

Chris Ashton could not help England avoid a 3-0 series defeat. Picture: Action Images

Chris Ashton could not help England avoid a 3-0 series defeat. Picture: Action Images

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Saracens pair Chris Ashton and Billy Vunipola were unable to prevent a series whitewash as England lost 36-13 to New Zealand this morning.

The duo both started for Stuart Lancaster's side, who were well-beaten by the All Blacks in Hamilton.

Vunipola was sin binned after 20 minutes for a high tackle on Aaron Cruden.

Tries from Julian Savea (2) and Aaron Smith gave the hosts a commanding 29-6 lead at the break before an improved second-half showing from the tourists.

Marland Yarde pulled one back for the Red Rose when he crossed the line but it proved in vain as winger Savea completed his hat-trick.

Fly-half Owen Farrell missed out due to injury after starting the second test but Alex Goode, Brad Barritt and Richard Wigglesworth were not involved.

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