England have released 18 players back to their Premiership clubs

Last Updated: 11/02/14 5:59pm

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Stuart Lancaster: has identified the areas England need to work on

Stuart Lancaster: has identified the areas England need to work on

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England have released 18 players back to their Aviva Premiership clubs ahead of this weekend's matches.

The starting XV from the game against Scotland at Murrayfield will remain at St George's Park for training on Wednesday and Thursday morning.

But the replacements' bench contingent at Murrayfield - Tom Youngs, Mako Vunipola, Henry Thomas, Dave Attwood, Ben Morgan, Lee Dickson, Brad Barritt and Alex Goode - are among those made available for Premiership duty.

The whole squad will then return to Pennyhill Park on Sunday evening to prepare for the Six Nations match against Ireland on Saturday February 22.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "We have reviewed the Scotland game with the whole squad and, while pleasing in many aspects, we have identified the areas we need to work on.

"There are some inevitable knocks from the weekend but nothing that we anticipate will keep players out of contention for the Ireland game.

"The replacements will return to their Premiership clubs and be available to play this weekend which will give them valuable game time."

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