Chris Ashton and Mako Vunipola rejoin Saracens from England camp
Saracens quartet Chris Ashton, Alex Goode, Brad Barritt and Mako Vunipola return from the England camp
Saracens quartet Chris Ashton, Alex Goode, Brad Barrit and Mako Vunipola are among the England stars returning to the clubs this week.
With a break in the Six Nations this weekend and the domestic season still continuing, the RFU has confirmed the release of 18 squad players back to their Aviva Premiership clubs for this weekend’s round 14 matches.
The replacements will return to their Premiership clubs and be available to play this weekend which will give them valuable game time
Leicester Tigers and Bath are the other big winners with Ben and Tom Youngs and Ed Slater making the short journey home to Leicester and Anthony Watson and George Ford among the four names returning to Bath.
England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We have reviewed the Scotland game with the whole squad and, while pleasing in many aspects, we have identified the areas we need to work on.
“There are some inevitable knocks from the weekend but nothing that we anticipate will keep players out of contention for the Ireland game,” Lancaster added.
“The replacements will return to their Premiership clubs and be available to play this weekend which will give them valuable game time.”
After a thumping 20-0 Calcutta Cup win over Scotland on Saturday, England have been consolidating at St George’s Park ahead of scheduled training on Wednesday and Thursday this week.
Only the starting XV from the games at the Stade de France and Murrayfield will remain in Burton with the released players joining the rest of the squad back at England’s Pennyhill Park base on Sunday evening ahead of training for next week’s clash with table-topping Ireland at Twickenham.
England players returning to Aviva Premiership clubs: Chris Ashton, Brad Barritt, Alex Goode, Mako Vunipola (all Saracens), David Attwood, Kyle Eastmond, George Ford, Anthony Watson (all Bath Rugby), Freddie Burns, Matt Kvesic, Ben Morgan (all Gloucester Rugby), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (London Wasps), Ed Slater, Tom Youngs, Ben Youngs (all Leicester Tigers), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks).