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Tom Wood called back to England squad for autumn internationals

Tom Wood was previously dropped from the England squad. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints player Tom Wood has been called back into the England squad for their autumn international series.

He is one of the 33 players who will fly to Portugal next week for training, ahead of England's opening game against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on 12 November.

The announcement comes as ten England players have been battling injuries.

Wood previously played for England, but was dropped from the team in January.

With a number of influential players missing through injury we have two weeks to prepare a robust and resilient team to meet the challenges set for us in the Old Mutual Wealth Series.

Our training camp in Portugal is a great opportunity to spend a week together, focus on putting our game plans in place and for new players to understand the England way.

– Eddie Jones, England Head coach

Northampton Saints coach King leaves the club

Alex King has left Northampton Saints. Credit: ITV News Anglia

Northampton Saints attack coach Alex King has left the club with immediate effect.

The former Wasps fly-half was part of the coaching team that led the Saints to the Premiership title in 2013/14, but he has now ended his four-year association by mutual consent.

King was approached by England to join their backroom staff last December but the Saints turned their advances down.

The club's Chief Executive Allan Robson says it's the right time to cut ties.

Alex has been a valued member of the coaching staff.

He played a big role in our Aviva Premiership and Challenge Cup titles and finishing top of the table in 2015.

However we feel that the time is right to move on, and Alex leaves with our thanks and best wishes for the future.

– Allan Robson, Northampton Saints Chief Executive



Northampton Saints flanker Harrison handed England debut

Teimana Harrison will start for England against Wales. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison will make his international debut for England against Wales on Sunday.

The 23-year-old comes in for former captain Chris Robshaw who has been rested.

New Zealand-born Harrison was called into the squad for the upcoming tour of Australia after enjoying a superb breakthrough season at Franklin's Gardens.

There are some new faces in the squad.

Teimana Harrison gets a start at six, which is a great chance for him to make a statement ahead of the tour to Australia.

– Eddie Jones, England Head Coach

The side will be captained by Dylan Hartley, while Courtney Lawes and Luther Burrell have also been named in the starting XV.

Saints prop Paul Hill is among the replacements.

George North starts on the wing for Wales.

More details to follow

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