Chris Robshaw will keep the England captain’s armband for the remainder of the RBS 6 Nations 2012, with his side facing tougher challenges ahead.
Lancaster said, “Chris has stepped into the role well and led a new team in two tough away fixtures. He is one of many leaders we could have chosen against Scotland and Italy but he has shown on and off the field the qualities required to captain a side. We feel it is right to make a call now that Chris will lead England for the rest of the RBS 6 Nations.”
This would suggest that Tom Wood may not be fit for England’s next fixture against Wales in 10 days’ time, and he doesn’t appear on the list of those released from camp.
The following players have been released to play for their clubs this weekend – some players will take the opportunity to prove their fitness and form, whilst others are clearly surplus to requirements.
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
Matt Stevens (Saracens)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)