Lancaster releases England players back to clubs


The following players will return to Pennyhill Park tomorrow evening (Wednesday) to prepare for Saturday’s QBE International against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm).

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Billy 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)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Alex Corbisiero (Northampton Saints)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Marland Yarde (London Irish)
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)
Christian Wade (London Wasps)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “Alex Corbisiero took part in this morning’s forwards training session but suffered some discomfort to his knee. He did not train this afternoon and will not be available for selection for the weekend.

“It is disappointing for Alex, having missed last year’s Six Nations because of an injury to his other knee, but Matt Mullan has been with us all week and is raring to go in the 23. Marland Yarde took part in training today but is not fully fit to be considered for the game.

“We’ve had a good start to the week and now it’s a case of tapering down the training and getting ourselves ready for the ultimate challenge. The Twickenham crowd has been great over the last two weeks and we know they will be just as vocal as they were against New Zealand last year.”

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15 thoughts on “Lancaster releases England players back to clubs

  1. Corbs is a big blow. Sounds like he shouldn’t have been on the bench last week.

    We really needed our first choice team out for this next match, but the pressure will be on the Kiwis.

  2. Well I had low expectations anyway but with no Eastmond or Trinder or Burrell on the bench SL has sent out a message. Safety first. Whatever happened to that coach that sent out a team of novices to play without fear in the 2012 6n?

    1. Eastmond would be the only one who could be considered sensible as a bench sub instead of Goode, and even then, I’d think Goode completes the injury cover more completely than Eastmond. Flood/Farrell cover 12, 36 covers 13 (he has played there a bit), Brown covers wing, Foden covers fullback.

      Meaning we either have a winger (Yarde and Wade are broken) or a fullback. Eastmond has played a little at wing, but he’s barely touched the ball this season (partially through injury and partially due to gameplan), and when he has played it’s not been at wing.

      Personally I’d have been tempted to drop the either the scrum half replacement (Foden to scrum half if needs must) and stuck Attwood there. 55 minutes of hell for Launch and Lawes before Attwood and Parling take up the mantle. 8 man rugby with Farrell slotting the kicks. Brown and Foden returning the ABs kicking game.

    2. Well, Lancaster is still going to send out a team of relative novices to play the All Blacks. Look at the number of caps! This squad is still really young and inexperienced, but they have only lost one match in the last year. That’s quite an accomplishment considering who they have been missing (at least in the AIs).

    3. Not sure any of those three you listed offer the cover we need. Definitely not Burrell or Trinder – they’d be very pointless bench options.

      Can see Eastmond, but as other people have said, if SL see’s him as a 12 (which he appears to), then Flood covers that and Goode is back three cover.

      Whilst he isn’t the most exciting option, it is understandable.

  3. Am I the only one concerned that the starting midfield has only 9 caps between them? Not only are they learning to adjust to the international game, but they are also learning how to play with each other! Talk about a recipe for disaster. I don’t think it really matters who is playing the wings.

    1. To be fair what can be done? The two centres pre-SL were Hape and Tindall. He had to start from scratch; since then Barritt and Tuilagi have got a bunch of caps – but they are both out.

      I understand the concern, but there isn’t much that we can do about it unfortunately!

  4. Can’t wait to be shovelled with some more unimaginative, school boy rugby. I think we pretty much know that Ashton and Tomkins aren’t the real deal at international anymore. A little disheartened that Lancaster didn’t have the heart to throw someone in wih some real xfactor like Eastmond or Watson. I can’t see England doing much more than trying to arm wrestle the all blacks until the floodgates burst. I think he tables may be turned on us this year…

  5. Anyone know what the respective cap totals are likely to be?

    Still can’t understand what Goode adds from the bench. We already have 2 fullbacks, 2 fly-halves and in theory, three playmakers (12T, Farrell and Flood) in the team

    Goode doesn’t add stern defence, he doesn’t add incisive running, so why is he there? He provides cover and that is it.

    So why not go for someone who could make a bit of difference? Its not exactly going to be a blow if we lose to the ABs.

    Why on earth would you not play someone like Burrell or Eastmond? They’re not going to lose the game from the bench but there is a possibility, no matter how slight, that they could do something to help win it

    PS – for once i am praying for Ashton to stay fit. If he doesn’t I can see our wingers being Brown and Foden with Goode at fb….

  6. More questions than answers.
    Let’s hope we’re not slipping back to Rob Andrew control and “safe” selection. I saw catty returning a few kicks to Farrell at Twickers in training last week, maybe he should be selected.

    On a serious note, despite last years cracking result we have to look at the reality and that is that there is not a great deal of expectation to win this game. Therefore, like Benjit, James and Pablito say, it could be a great opportunity to blood some more young guns – yes it’s a tough team to blood anyone against, and arguably a little more of that should have been done over the past two weeks, but, the injuries are what they are and not much can be done about that.

    I’d far prefer to see some young blood out there trying to run tries in in response to those that NZ are undoubtedly going to be running in.

    Does these choices in any way help to develop the squad that we need going into 2015?

  7. So for me it has to beeeeee.

    1. Marler
    2. Hartley
    3. Cole
    4. Launchbury
    5. Lawes
    6. Wood
    7. Robshaw
    8. Morgan
    9. Youngs
    10. Farrell
    11. Foden
    12. 36
    13. Tomkins
    14. Ashton
    15. Brown

    16. Mullan
    17. Youngs
    18. Parling
    19. Vunipola
    20. Dickson
    21. Flood
    22. Goode

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