England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster has announced a 27-player squad to prepare for Saturday’s QBE International against Argentina at Twickenham Stadium.
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers) has completed the graduated return to play from concussion protocol without complication and he and Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints), who has recovered from a knee injury, return for Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens).
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby) is on standby for Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers), whose wife is expecting their first child.
Lancaster said: “We have thoroughly reviewed the Australia game and we are determined to build on the momentum that victory has given us. Training today has been very intense and there is a massive competition because everyone is desperate to be in the team.
“There are a couple of changes to the squad with Geoff and Alex back and it’s great they are back in the mix. Mako is unfortunately struggling with a ligament strain to his knee and is not available for selection this week.
“We have named an extended squad as we need a further 24 hours to assess one or two minor niggles in the build-up to team announcement on Thursday morning.”
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (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)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
The following 10 players have been released back to their Aviva Premiership clubs ahead of this weekend’s LV= Cup Round 1.
Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
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