Lancaster releases England players back to clubs


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.”

Forwards (14)
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)

Backs (13)
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)

Photo by: Patrick Khachfe / Onside Images

12 thoughts on “Lancaster releases England players back to clubs

    1. I agree but Lancaster has a soft spot for him, I think Wade will start against Argentina but if I am honest I don’t think Wade should be returned for New Zealand but if Ashton is preferred i genuinely think Wade has a place as an impact sub.

  1. Based on this (for what it is worth) my preferred England match squad…

    1. Corbs
    2. Hartley
    3. Cole (Cole & Corbs might be wrong way around I haven’t a clue which is tight or loose, 1 or 3)
    4. Parling
    5. Launchbury
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Vunipola

    9. Youngs
    10. Farrell
    11. Wade
    12. Twelvetrees
    13. Burrell
    14. Yarde
    15. Brown

    16. Marler
    17. Youngs
    18. Wilson
    19. Lawes
    20. Morgan
    21. Care
    22. Flood
    23. Foden

    1. The props are the right way round, but the wingers should switch.

      How someone without a knowledge of loose/tight and left/right has come up with such a sensible selection I don’t know

    2. And if we’re being fussy, Parling’s always been 5 whilst Launchbury’s been 4 for England. Plus 16 is always the substitute hooker with 17 and 18 for the props. Agree with the selection though,

  2. Burrell is more effective at 12, but I would like to see him paired with Tomkins. But I think Lancaster will stick with Twelvetrees and Tomkins. With Youngs at 9 Farrell should get better ball, and get better use of the men outside him.

  3. Agree with Rob’s team, tempted to bring in Wilson, but even without it’s a much stronger front row.

    Appreciate Burrell is a 12 but:
    – he’s more of a like for like for Tuilagi, I don’t see we will gain a lot from getting used to playing with a very different style to Tuilagi when he’s going to come back in when fit.
    – 36 blotted his copybook last week, but everything else he’s done in an England shirt has been positive. I would like to see him retained for the next couple of games at least.

    None of our locks (that remain) is an out and out grunt machine, but “Launchers” is probably the closest to it. Although I think Lawes is the form lock I don’t think either him or Parling packing down behind Cole is a great idea, so Parling gets the nod ahead of Lawes for his lineout work for me. With Parling in you can make a good case for Youngs staying at hooker, I don’t mind either way.

    Ayerza Vs Cole will be interesting, obviously they know each other very well, he seems to be one of those dynamic scrummaging props that Cole has had issues with of late.

  4. I really don’t think Lancaster should be looking to make too many changes. If the team last week was the best team there, it’s the best team now and he should back the players that, at the end of the day, delivered against Australia.

    Corbisiero (fit again) for Mako (now injured) is a no brainer. If T. Youngs doesn’t recover then Hartley into the starting line-up again is a no brainer.

    The other two swaps I’d be tempted by would be Parling (fit again) for Lawes (possibly harsh on Lawes), and Wade in for Ashton (who has been below his best for a while).

    In particular there seems to be a lot of dissatisfaction at Dickson, Twelvetrees and Tomkins. Dickson has a handful of caps but has never been backed with a run in the team, Twelvetrees was winning his 6th cap alongside Tomkins winning his 1st. It’s asking a lot for those two to come in and immediately run the show, but they deserve at least another game to show what they have.

    If Dickson has another bad game then we can bring Youngs back in for the NZ game, which won’t phase him. If Twelvetrees and Tomkins continue to have a bad series then we can reassess our options when Barritt and Tuilagi are fit again and, if Burrell keeps his form up, he will get his chance soon enough as well. But I don’t see the value in chopping and changing every week.

  5. I was hoping this squad announcement would give us some clues as to squad selection, but it really hasn’t.

    The three most debatable positions (scrum half/wing/centre), has all been left wide open with him retaining all three 9s, three wings as well as Burrell and 12Ts.

    Will be eagerly awaiting tomorrow morning announcement, but I’d go with:
    1. Corbs
    2. Hartley
    3. Wilson
    4. Launchbury
    5. Parling
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Vunipola
    9. Youngs
    10. Farrell
    11. Yarde
    12. Twelvetrees
    13. Tomkins
    14. Wade
    15. Brown

    16. Youngs
    17. Marler
    18. Cole
    19. Lawes
    20. Morgan
    21. Dickson
    22. Flood
    23. Foden

    I’ve defended Ashton on here a lot – and I’m not saying it’s the end for him. Just that right now, Wade and Yarde are playing better. A bit like Foden just has to wait because Brown has played so well.

    1. Jacob, like your team. Undecided about Wilson/Cole, but was also tempted to give Wilson the job considering the normally robust Arg front row.

      Also agree with your last comments.

      1. I actually swapped Cole and Wilson at the last minute before posting this. I don’t mind either way. For me though, it’s bit like Youngs/Hartley. We have two good players, but different styles so we should pick players dependent on form and opposition. So Wilson edged it for me. I don’t actually mind who players, and I’d be surprised if SL dropped Cole.

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