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England release 13 players

17 February 2011

  • 13 players released from England training to return to clubs
  • Players available to play in this weekend's Aviva Premiership fixtures
England training squad huddle

Photo: Getty Images

England team manager Martin Johnson has released 13 players from England training to return to their clubs ahead of this weekend's Aviva Premiership fixtures.

With a break in the RBS 6 Nations before France's visit to Twickenham on Saturday, March 26, Nick AbendanonDavid Wilson (both Bath Rugby), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Charlie Hodgson (Sale Sharks), George ChuterGeorge Skivington (both Leicester Tigers), Hendre FourieSteve Thompson (both Leeds Carnegie), Tim Payne, Joe Simpson, Riki FluteyJoe Worsley (all London Wasps) and Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester Rugby) are all available to play for their clubs.

Four more players - Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints) and Andrew Sheridan (Sale Sharks) - will rejoin their clubs later today and will also hope to feature in the Aviva Premiership.

Jonny Wilkinson gave French Top 14 side Toulon a boost in the absence of Filipe Contepomi and Gavin Henson by returning earlier in the week.