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Duo released back to Tigers by England

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Leicester Tigers duo Ben Youngs and Ed Slater have been released from the England squad and will be available for Sunday's Aviva Premiership fixture against London Irish.

With prop Dan Cole rested with a neck injury, hooker Tom Youngs is the only Tigers player in the 23-man squad preparing at England’s Pennyhill Park base ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations match against Ireland at Twickenham.

Tighthead prop Cole saw a specialist this evening regarding his neck problem and the results of the assessment will now be considered by the England and Leicester Tigers medical teams.

Former Tigers fly-half George Ford is included in the 23 for the first time.

England squad
Forwards (13)

David Attwood (Bath Rugby)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
Joe Launchbury (London Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Backs (10)

Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Luther Burrell (Northampton Saints)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Returning to Aviva Premiership clubs
Chris Ashton (Saracens)
Brad Barritt (Saracens)
Freddie Burns (Gloucester Rugby)
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby)
Matt Kvesic (Gloucester Rugby)
Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs)
Matt Mullan (London Wasps)
Ed Slater (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)