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Northampton Saints trio named in England squad

Dylan Hartley (left), Courtney Lawes (centre) and Piers Francis (right) have all been selected. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints trio Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Piers Francis have been called up the England squad for the upcoming autumn internationals.

Hartley's place was in doubt at one stage after he was cited for striking Clermont prop Rabah Slimani the Saints' 24-7 Champions Cup defeat on Saturday, but an independent panel cleared him on Wednesday.

Fly-half Francis has been picked as one of the backs, while Lawes will be a strong contender to start in the second row, but fellow Saints forwards Tom Wood and Teimana Harrison are among those who have been overlooked.

England face Argentina at Twickenham on November 11, before taking on Australia (18 November) and Samoa (25 November).

  • England squad for the Autumn internationals

Backs: Mike Brown (Harlequins), Elliot Daly (Wasps), Jonny May (Leicester Tigers), Denny Solomona (Sale Sharks), Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Owen Farrell (Saracens), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), Piers Francis (Northampton Saints), Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Marcus Smith (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Forwards: Tom Curry (Sale Sharks), Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Nick Isiekwe (Saracens), Maro Itoje (Saracens), George Kruis (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Zach Mercer (Bath Rugby), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Dunn (Bath Rugby), Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs).

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Team England unveiled for Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Next year's Commonwealth Games squad hoping for gold on Australia's Gold Coast was announced in Birmingham today.

The 75 strong 'Team England' features several athletes from the Midlands. and those who also train here.

Many were at the unveiling event at Birmingham's Alexander Stadium today, which could be transformed if the city's bid for the 2022 games get the go ahead. Chris Halpin reports.

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