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Northampton Saints star Wood makes England return

Tom Wood is back in the England team. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints flanker Tom Wood will make his first appearance for England in more than a year against South Africa this weekend.

The 30-year-old hasn't featured since Head Coach Eddie Jones took over last autumn.

However, a number of injuries have opened the door for him to force his way back into the fold at open-side.

Fellow Saints teammate Courtney Lawes will win his 50th cap for his country after getting the nod at second row, while Dylan Hartley will once again captain the team.

We congratulate Courtney Lawes on his 50-cap milestone – an excellent achievement.

We’re looking forward to the game. Test matches are always about the contest up front and South Africa pride themselves in the set piece but we’ll be ready for the challenge.

– Eddie Jones, England Head coach
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Mike Brown (Harlequins); Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby); George Ford (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers); Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints); Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Billy Vunipola (Saracens).


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


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