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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

Jones has no concern over Hartley's fitness despite concussion

Eddie Jones (left) has backed Hartley (right) to be fit enough to lead England in Australia. Credit: PA

England head coach Eddie Jones says he has no concerns over Dylan Hartley's fitness - despite him missing much of the second-half of the season with concussion.

The Northampton Saints hooker was knocked out in the Six Nations Grand Slam decider against France in March.

Hartley only returned for the Saints' final game of the campaign earlier this month, but Jones has faith that he will be fine to lead England in their upcoming tour of Australia.

I’m not concerned by his lack of rugby.

He trained very well in Brighton (at the training camp). He was one of our best performers so he’ll be able to play against Wales and will hopefully get 50 or 60 minutes then he’ll be right for the first Test.

– Eddie Jones, England Head Coach

England take on Wales at Twickenham next weekend before heading over to Australia in June.

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