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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.

Northampton's Hartley in the running for England captaincy

Dylan Hartley is reportedly being considered for the role of England captain Credit: PA

Northampton Saints' Dylan Hartley is reportedly among the frontrunners to captain England under the regime of new head coach Eddie Jones.

Despite accumulating an extensive list of disciplinary suspensions totalling more than a year throughout his career, Hartley is rumored to be one of the leading candidates to take over the captaincy.

He would take over from former Chris Robshaw, who led the side throughout the tenure of previous coach Stuart Lancaster.

Northampton Saints beaten comfortably in European Champions Cup

A penalty from JJ Hanrahan was the only Northampton score of the first half Credit: Paul Harding/PA Archive/PA Images

Saints have been replaced at the top of Pool Three by Racing Metro after they were beaten comfortably 33-3 in their European Champions Cup match.

Prospects of progressing from their group could well rest on next week's reserve fixture at Franklin's Gardens , as Northampton suffered their first defeat in five games.

The Saints improved in the late stages of the game, enjoying more possession of the ball, but Racing's quality was just too much, with tries coming from Chavancy, Ben Arous, Dulin and Imhoff.

Northampton Saints secure second win of season

Stephen Myler scored all his side's points from the kicking tee Credit: PA

Northampton Saints secured a much needed second win of the season tonight, claiming a 15-3 victory over Gloucester.

There were no tries in the match, with all points coming courtesy of penalty kicks from fly halves Stephen Myler and Billy Twelvetrees.

Myler's fifteen points were enough to secure the win, which lifts Saints to fifth in the table.

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