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Hartley banned for six weeks following Leinster red

The England captain lasted just six minutes off the bench Credit: PA Images

Northampton Saints forward Dylan Hartley has been banned for six weeks following his sending off during their defeat against Leinster in the European Rugby Champions Cup at Franklin's Gardens.

The England captain lasted just six minutes off the bench after he was red-carded for a swinging arm tackle on Leinster's Sean O'Brien.

Prior to this Hartley had already served a total of 54 weeks suspension, the longest being 26 weeks for eye-gouging. His punishments also cost him the chance to play with the British Lions in 2013, and for England in last year's Rugby World Cup.

The six-week ban means Hartley will be able to start in England's Six Nations opener against France at Twickenham on February 4.

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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

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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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First England call-up for Northampton Saints flanker Harrison

Teimana Harrison will travel with the England squad to Australia. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints flanker Teimana Harrison has been called up to the England squad for the first time for next month's tour of Australia.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a dream season at Franklin's Gardens and was named in the Aviva Premiership team of the year.

Dylan Hartley will again captain the side, while Courtney Lawes and Paul Hill have also been selected.

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Northampton Saints centre Burrell earns England recall

Luther Burrell is back in the England squad. Credit: PA

Northampton Saints centre Luther Burrell has been recalled to the England squad ahead of this weekend's Six Nations clash with Ireland.

The call-up marks a return to the international fold for the 28-year-old, who was famously dropped from the World Cup squad at the last minute by former coach Stuart Lancaster.

Burrell admitted the rejection left him "broken" and was subsequently given time off by the Saints to get over the blow.

However, he will now have a chance to impress new boss Eddie Jones after Bath's Ollie Devoto was ruled out with concussion.

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