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Hartley & Lawes wait for England news

Northampton Saints captain Dylan Hartley Photo: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive

Northampton Saints pair Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes will find out on Friday whether they'll start England's next game in rugby's RBS Six Nations against Ireland.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster has reduced his training squad to 25 ahead of Sunday's clash at the Aviva Stadium, with both nations looking to build on their winning starts to the competition.

Hartley was on the bench for the opening victory against Scotland alongside Lawes, although both were introduced as second half replacements.

Saints teammate Tom Wood hopes to retain his place in Dublin. The 26 year old has started in England's last two games at blind-side flanker. Leicester's Norfolk born brothers, Tom and Ben Youngs, also started against Scotland at Twickenham.

However Ben Foden and Lee Dickson have been released from England's elite training squad. Both will be available for the Saints' Aviva Premiership game at home to Gloucester on Saturday.

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