England release players back to clubs ahead of Australia game

The following players will return to Pennyhill Park tomorrow evening (Wednesday) to prepare for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on SkySports HD).

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The following players have been released back to their Aviva Premiership clubs.

Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s never easy deciding who to select and that’s what you want – players pushing hard for places across the board. We have had two good days of training here at Pennyhill Park and, added to last week in Leeds, we are in good form and looking forward to the game.

“Geoff Parling sustained a mild concussion during a contact session this afternoon and will undergo the recommended graduated return to play protocol. As such, he will be unavailable for Saturday’s game but will stay in camp with a view to returning to training next week.”

Alex Corbisiero (knee) will also return to camp for continued treatment.

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

10 thoughts on “England release players back to clubs ahead of Australia game

  1. So that meeeeans:

    1. Vunipola
    2. Youngs
    3. Coles
    4. Launchbury
    5. Lawes
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Morgan
    9. Youngs
    10. Farrell
    11. Yarde
    12. 36
    13. Tomkins
    14. Ashton
    15. Foden


    1. Would like to think:
      1: M Vunipola
      2: T Youngs
      3: Cole
      4: Launchbury
      5: Attwood
      6: Wood
      7: Robshaw
      8: B Vunipola
      9: Dickson (SL will go B Youngs)
      10: Farrell
      11: Yarde
      12: Twelvetrees
      13: Tomkins
      14: Ashton
      15: Foden (doubtless SL will go Brown)

      16: Hartley
      17: Marler
      18: Wilson
      19: Lawes
      20: Morgan
      21: B Youngs
      22: Flood
      23: Brown

      1. Having said that, BBC Sport has Launchbury and Lawes starting.

        “Parling’s absence means Courtney Lawes and Joe Launchbury are likely to start.

        “Bath’s Dave Attwood, who only returned from a rib injury last week, will supply second-row cover from the bench for the opening autumn Test against the Wallabies.”

  2. My choice would be
    1. M. Vunipola
    2. T. Youngs
    3. Cole
    4. Launchbury
    5. Lawes
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. B. Vunipola
    9. Dickson (on current form)
    10. Farrell
    11. Yarde
    12. Twwelvetrees
    13. Tomkins
    14. Ashton
    15. Brown

    16. Hartley
    17. Marler
    18. Wilson
    19. Attwood
    20. Morgan
    21. B. Youngs
    22. Flood
    23. Foden

  3. Not happy about Burrell being sent back, but from this lot I’d go with:

    1. M. Vunipola
    2. T Youngs (I’d prefer Hartley on the basis that he can strike while Youngs prefers to walk over the ball, and without Corbs the scrum will struggle – however Hartley hasn’t trained much this week with his ankle problems)
    3. Cole
    4. Launchbury
    5. Lawes
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. B. Vunipola
    9. Dickson (Youngs should have been dropped, not Care, but Dickson should start either way given form and the need to get our outside runners in to this game)
    10. Flood (some of his play this season has been sublime, particularly last 20mins against Saints)
    11. Yarde
    12. Twelvetrees
    13. Tomkins (sigh)
    14. Ashton
    15. Foden

    16. Hartley
    17. Marler (is there really no-one else at LHP??)
    18. Wilson (almost makes the starting team IMO)
    19. Attwood
    20. Morgan (would love to have seen Sam Dickinson in here, but the ridiculous EPS agreement means Lancaster can’t drop out of form players like Morgan from the squad)
    21. B. Youngs (should be Danny Care, Youngs still looks like he’s jetlagged from Australia but Lancaster will almost certainly start him FFS)
    22. Farrell
    23. Foden

    I think the current situation has shown up how much the England team is crutched by the EPS agreement – hopefully when it comes time to re-negotiate, the RFU will push back and insist that the England coach should have a much greater ability to pick on form at the right time, rather than 3 months before any tournament.

  4. Getting increasingly anxious about this weekend. The we’ve lost the 3 players who are the closest we have to real world class (no not Barritt!) and we aren’t looking at either of the players who have the potential to bring our back line to life in 2015 (Eastmond/Wade). It may be difficult to find space for both, but exposing neither to top class opposition seems a little short sighted. I don’t think any of the English backs would get into the Wallaby side and I’m not convinced we have the might up front to dominate. With the Wallabies coming off the back of 2 very good performances and this being our first ‘hit out’ I’m not confident.

    Be very interesting to see how we play. Baxter comes in for the summer and we play like the Chiefs! Are we going to revert to playing like 2012 Sarries?

    Very excited to see Billy Vunipola who I think (and hope) can become world class

    What I think we’ll see and preferences in brackets.

    Cole (Wilson, prefer to have an immovable object at tight head)
    Launchbury (Attwood, Australia do have a very good lineout with Ben Mowen and I would prefer to go with a specialist lineout caller)
    Youngs (Dixon)
    Farrell (Accept the points over Flood again being in club form, but we seem to have this endless cycle of good club form, great cameo off the bench, win the shirt back …. and be meh)
    Tomkins (Burrell, think it’s a good call going for one of the more physical centres, Kuridrani has been blasting holes through the middle and Folau is now picking more lines off Cooper, but Burrell should have been the form pick)
    Brown (Foden)

    Wilson (Cole)
    Attwood (Launchbury)
    Morgan (Kvesic, bit of a risk as he’s not going well behind a beaten pack, but he was also excellent behind a good pack in the summer. With Vuni, Robshaw and Wood all covering more than one position think it’s an opportunity missed to try him against stronger opposition)
    Dixon (Youngs)
    Foden (Eastmond)

  5. No surprises really but Parling is a huge miss. Not having him, Tuilagi, Croft or Corbs arguably removes four of our “world class” bracket – and we don’t have many!!

    I’d Would go:
    1. Vunipola
    2. Hartley
    3. Cole
    4. Lawes
    5. Launchbury
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Vunipola
    9. Youngs
    10. Farrell
    11. Yarde
    12. Twelvetrees
    13. Tomkins
    14. Ashton
    15. Foden

    I think that Brown and T.Youngs will come into the team but I’d prefer Hartley and Foden. Made sense to have both 8s in the squad, impact will be key. Also, potential to see Attwood with Launchbury? That is how it lined up in the summer with Lawes for impact. Obviously Lawes has started the season in excellent form but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Attwood start because of his line out ability.

    1. Agree re: Foden, but how come you are so keen for Attwood over Lawes? Just line out expertise or do you think he is a better player?

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