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England release 18 back to their clubs

29 February 2012

  • England release 18 players back to the clubs for domestic action
  • Ben Morgan returns to Scarlets for RaboDirect PRO 12 game on Friday
Toby Flood in training for England

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Interim England Head Coach Stuart has released 18 players to their clubs this evening ahead of Aviva Premiership Round 17, RaboDirect PRO 12 and Top 14 Orange action.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "It's been a good few days with a change of venue and an opportunity to review the Wales game and build on the positives as well as learn some lessons. The players have been very focused in training and their response after Saturday has been excellent.

“We are going to release 18 players to get some game time for their clubs on which should be a very competitive weekend. Our intention was to retain the starting 15 from Wales for training tomorrow but under IRB Regulation 9 Scarlets haves a requested Ben Morgan so he will be returning to play for them on Friday."

The released players are:

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
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)
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The 14 remaining players will continue to train at Loughborough University tomorrow and then meet up at Pennyhill Park on the evening of Monday, March 5.