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Chuter back in training with England

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Tigers hooker George Chuter returned to England training on Wednesday, having had to withdraw from the match against France in Marseille on August 18.

Chuter was back in action as England's 30-man Rugby World Cup squad met at Twickenham on Wednesday morning before holding a light training session at the stadium in the afternoon.

Chuter, who, along with Ben Kay, Dan Hipkiss, Martin Corry and Lewis Moody is one of five Tigers in the England squad, had to relenquish his starting place to Bristol's Mark Regan following his French withdrawal but will hope to be back as first choice No.2 for the opening pool match against the USA on September 8.

Tigers captain Corry, who missed Wednesday's training session, is also expected to be back in contention by the time the World Champions begin the defence of their crown.

In another boost for head coach Brian Ashton, Pete Richards of London Irish resumed training with the squad after not being available during the World Cup warm-up matches because of a lower back injury.

"I'm pleased to say that Pete Richards has done everything we have asked of him in the last 10 days," said Ashton. " He passed a fitness test on Monday and rested yesterday.

"He received a further assessment from the England medical team this morning and took a full part in training along with George Chuter, who withdrew from the test match in Marseille with a knee injury.

"Martin Corry didn't train today but he is continuing his rehab from a left knee injury and we believe that he will be fit and in contention for a place in the 22 for our first RWC pool match against the USA on September 8."