Banahan set for bench duty
Matt Banahan is set to be included in England's squad to play against South Africa on Saturday after Delon Armitage was tonight released back to London Irish.
England are expected to name the same starting XV that beat Australia 35-18 two Saturdays ago, with Banahan primed for a place on the replacements bench following his performance against Samoa.
Martin Johnson will not confirm his line-up until Thursday but the identity of the 11 players released provide a clear indication of England's plans.
With captain Lewis Moody set for a return to the starting team after sitting out the Samoa game, Leeds flanker Hendre Fourie has again been preferred to James Haskell to provide the back-row cover.
Wasps' veteran lock Simon Shaw returns to the 22 in place of Dave Attwood, who has been made available for Aviva Premiership duty with Gloucester.
Armitage was on the bench for England's opening three Investec autumn internationals but he has been ousted by Banahan, who made his Test comeback last weekend.
Banahan started his first Test at outside centre against Samoa, having won his previous five caps on the wing. The 23-year-old scored England's first try before creating the second for Tom Croft with a one-handed intercept and offload.
At 6ft 7in and nearly 18 stones, Banahan would also provide a more imposing presence than Armitage against the physical South Africans.
Haskell got his first chance of the autumn against Samoa and performed well at blindside flanker but he has failed to overtake Fourie in the loose-forward pecking order.
England players released back to their clubs: Anthony Allen (Leicester), Delon Armitage (London Irish), Dave Attwood (Gloucester), George Chuter (Leicester), Paul Doran-Jones (Gloucester), James Haskell (Stade Francais), Tim Payne (Wasps), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), David Strettle (Saracens), James Simpson-Daniel (Gloucester), Joe Worsley (Wasps).