England players released to clubs for Premiership action


England head coach Stuart Lancaster this afternoon released 18 players back to their Aviva Premiership clubs ahead of this weekend’s matches.

The starting XV from the game at Murrayfield will remain at St George’s Park for training on Wednesday and Thursday morning. The whole squad will return to Pennyhill Park on Sunday evening to prepare for the RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland.

Lancaster said: “We have reviewed the Scotland game with the whole squad and, while pleasing in many aspects, we have identified the areas we need to work on. There are some inevitable knocks from the weekend but nothing that we anticipate will keep players out of contention for the Ireland game.

“The replacements will return to their Premiership clubs and be available to play this weekend which will give them valuable game time.”

Players returning to Aviva Premiership clubs
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Players retained at St George’s Park
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

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7 thoughts on “England players released to clubs for Premiership action

    1. My thoughts exactly. Let’s hope Ford, and Watson have a good game against Exeter.
      If we’re really lucky, Cipriani will do something magic to show up Goode. Anybody remember him getting stepped by Samu Manoa earlier in the season? Something like that.

      1. I’m torn on this one. As a Chiefs fan with a ticket for Saturday i want Ford and Watson to have a stinker. As an England fan i want them to have a stormer. I’ll have to settle for Ford and Watson being the only bright lights in an otherwise dismal Bath performance…

  1. I’m also hopeful and encouraged by this quote from Lancaster, made between the France and Scotland games:

    “If we do stick with a largely unchanged team, which I think would be the right thing to do, there’ll be a huge motivation for the [other] guys to go back and play well for their clubs this weekend. We’ve then got a fallow week and everything will be up for grabs for the Ireland game.”

    I would expect the same starting team but reeaally hopeful of a more exciting bench.

  2. i think squad should be remain unchanged. so rest are able to perform well to their clubs while it will be good for National Team.

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