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Ellis's experience will be key to Saxons - coach

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England Saxons will benefit from Harry Ellis's experience in their game against Ireland A, according to the coaching team.

The scrum-half has been named in the Saxons 24-man training squad for Friday’s match at Donnybrook (kick-off 7.30pm) alongside Leicester Tigers teammates Dan Cole and Jordan Crane.

Ellis will form a partnership at half-back with Danny Cipriani, and Saxons assistant coach Paul Hull said: “We're up against a strong Irish side and it's great to have players of the calibre and experience of Danny Cipriani and Harry Ellis, particularly in such key positions.”

Ellis scored two tries on his return from a six-week absence as the Saxons beat Portugal 66-0 last Friday. Forwards Cole and Crane also started the game with Crane grabbing one of the Saxons 10 tries.

England team manager Martin Johnson said: “Harry benefited from playing with them last week and I will be in regular contact with Saxons head coach Stuart Lancaster during the course of the week.”

Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Jordan Crane (Leicester Tigers)*
Phil Dowson (Newcastle Falcons)
Tom Guest (Harlequins)
Stuart Hooper (Bath Rugby)
Matthew Mullan (Worcester Warriors)
David Paice (London Irish)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Will Skinner (Harlequins)
George Skivington (London Wasps, captain)
Rob Webber (London Wasps)
Dave Wilson (Newcastle Falcons)
Nick Wood (Gloucester Rugby)

Nick Abendanon (Bath Rugby)*
Matt Banahan (Bath Rugby)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)*
Danny Cipriani (London Wasps)*
Harry Ellis (Leicester Tigers)*
Paul Hodgson (London Irish)*
Stephen Myler (Northampton Saints)
Topsy Ojo (London Irish)*
David Strettle (Harlequins)*
Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
Dominic Waldouck (London Wasps)

* Denotes capped player