In-form Saints quartet overlooked by England

Saracens v Northampton Saints.'Luther Burrell.
Saracens v Northampton Saints.'Luther Burrell.

Four of Saints’ in-form stars will not play a single minute for England this autumn after once again being released by Stuart Lancaster.

Calum Clark, Lee Dickson, Stephen Myler and Luther Burrell have all been overlooked for Saturday’s final autumn international, against Australia.

The quartet will return to Saints and will be available for the Aviva Premiership trip to London Welsh on Sunday.

Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood, who have played a part in all three Tests so far, have all remained in camp and will be in the 23 to face the Wallabies.

“There has been some strong competition for places throughout the whole series and, with our strength in depth increasing in many positions and key players to return from injury soon, we will be in good shape for 2015,” said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

“It was great to get the win last week and the whole 23 did well so we want to give those guys another chance against an Australian team who will want to finish their season on a high.

“We’ve had great support at Twickenham over the last three games and we are determined to give the fans something to shout about this weekend.”

England’s 23-man squad to face Australia: Attwood (Bath), Brookes (Newcastle), Hartley (Saints), Haskell (Wasps), Kruis (Saracens), Lawes (Saints), Marler (Harlequins), Morgan (Gloucester), Mullan (Wasps), Robshaw (Harlequins, captain), Rob Webber (Bath), Wilson (Bath), Wood (Saints); Barritt (Saracens), Brown (Harlequins), Farrell (Saracens), Ford (Bath), May (Gloucester), Watson (Bath), Wigglesworth (Saracens), Yarde (Harlequins), B Youngs (Leicester).