Rugby Union: England Narrow in on Squad for RBS 6 Nations 2012 Murrayfield Opener

England have released eight players ahead of this Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations 2012 opening fixture against Scotland at Murrayfield, leaving a squad of 24 players from which Stuart Lancaster will select his starting XV.

The players who are to train at Pennyhill Park on the evening of Wednesday 1st February 2012, are as follows:

Forwards (13)

  • Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
  • Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
  • Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
  • Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
  • Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
  • Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
  • Joe Marler (Harlequins)
  • Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
  • Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
  • Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
  • Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
  • Matt Stevens (Saracens)
  • Rob Webber (London Wasps)

Backs (11)

  • Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
  • Brad Barritt (Saracens)
  • Mike Brown (Harlequins)
  • Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
  • Owen Farrell (Saracens)
  • Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
  • Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
  • Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
  • David Strettle (Saracens)
  • Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
  • Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

The players who have been released back to their clubs for this weekend are:

  • Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby)
  • Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
  • Calum Clark (Northampton Saints)
  • Alex Goode (Saracens)
  • Lee Mears (Bath Rugby)
  • Joe Simpson (London Wasps)
  • Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers)
  • David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

England begin their 2012 RBS 6 Nations campaign with a sell-out Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland away at Murrayfield on Saturday 4th February 2012. Kick-off is scheduled for 17:00 GMT (18:00 CET).

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