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Lawes and Hartley among those returning to their clubs

30 October 2012

  • Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley returning to their clubs for treatment to knee injuries
  • Pair will join up with England again on Sunday
Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley sitting on the bench at training

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Nine players will this evening be released back to their Aviva Premiership clubs under the RFU’s Elite Player Squad agreement with Premiership Rugby – Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (London Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Hartley and Lawes have been released for treatment on knee injuries as part of a co-ordinated programme between England and Northampton Saints. They will be reassessed by the England medical team at Pennyhill Park on Sunday.

Lancaster added: “It has been a busy few days of training as well as injury assessment and in line with the EPS agreement coordinating the release of players, some will return for further treatment from their club and others to get some game time to put a marker down for selection for when we meet again on Sunday after the weekend's games.

"We will not finalise selection for the Fiji game until after training next Tuesday and so for those going back and playing this is a real opportunity to stake a claim with a really big performance.”

Matt Mullan of Worcester Warriors and George Robson of Harlequins will train with the squad tomorrow before returning to their clubs.