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Wednesday 13 December 2017

Tuilagi back for England

MANU TUILAGI and Courtney Lawes are in contention to face Wales at Twickenham on February 25 after being recalled to the England squad by interim coach Stuart Lancaster.

Leicester centre Tuilagi and Northampton lock Lawes were among the 30 players meeting up for a training camp today.

Tuilagi, one of a few success stories of England's Word Cup campaign, made his comeback from a hamstring injury in Leicester's Premiership defeat to Exeter.

Tigers fly-half Toby Flood also rejoins the England squad, having been released last week to get some game time under his belt following a knee ligament injury.

Lawes started in the back-row for Northampton against Newcastle after recovering from a knee injury.

Lancaster must decide whether to break up the midfield of Owen Farrell and Brad Barritt to make room for Tuilagi and replace Charlie Hodgson with Flood.

If Lawes was to return, England would have to sacrifice either Mouritz Botha or Tom Palmer.

With no game this weekend, Palmer has been released back to Stade Francais for their Top 14 clash with Toulon at Stade de France.

Ben Morgan's ball-carrying ability could see him replace Phil Dowson at No 8.

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