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Launchbury and Vunipola retained by England

06 November 2012

  • England U20 graduates Launchbury and Vunipola remain in England camp
  • Ten players released back to their clubs this evening
London Wasps lock Joe Launchbury at England training

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London Wasps lock Joe Launchbury is among 23 players named by Stuart Lancaster to return to Pennyhill Park on Wednesday evening to prepare for the opening QBE International against Fiji on Saturday.

The England Under 20 graduate was called-up to the squad yesterday as injury cover but has done enough to impress the coaches and remain in contention for a first Test appearance at the weekend.

The 21-year-old is joined in the group returning by Saracens prop Mako Vunipola, a former colleague at age-grade level. 

Under the agreement with Premiership Rugby, ten players will return to their clubs this evening and will be available for LV=Cup duty, while three players – Dylan Hartley (knee), Courtney Lawes (knee) and Jonathan Joseph (ankle) – will also return to Pennyhill for treatment on their respective injuries.

London Wasps lock Joe Launchbury passes the ball during England training

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England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We have had a good two days back at Pennyhill Park and the players have been very focused on delivering against Fiji.

“Saturday is a great opportunity for us to put a marker down and deliver a quality performance. It’s great to have young players such as Mako Vunipola and Joe Launchbury get their opportunities in the match-day 23 and we are excited about the potential of the squad.

“Under the agreement with Premiership Rugby we are releasing some players back, including Alex Corbisiero, will play for London Irish and we are looking forward to seeing how he goes."

England squad to prepare for Fiji

Forwards (13)

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Tom Palmer (London Wasps)
Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
David Paice (London Irish)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Backs (10)

Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Ugo Monye (Harlequins)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Manusamoa Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

Dylan Hartley (knee), Courtney Lawes (knee) and Jonathan Joseph (ankle) will also return to camp for continued treatment.

The following 10 players have this evening been released back to their clubs:

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers)
Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (London Wasps)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
George Robson (Harlequins)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)