Saints duo handed England call-ups
Northampton loose forwards Tom Wood and Phil Dowson have been added to the England squad for the RBS 6 Nations championship.
England manager Martin Johnson turned to the Saints duo following injuries to captain Lewis Moody and Leicester flanker Tom Croft.
Tigers lock George Skivington has also been drafted into the squad as a replacement for the injured Courtney Lawes.
And Bath's Nick Abendanon has been promoted from the Saxons to provide full-back cover after Delon Armitage was banned for eight weeks, although the London Irish man will appeal against that suspension.
All four players have joined the England squad on their pre-Six Nations training camp in Portugal, along with Hendre Fourie.
The Leeds flanker suffered a calf injury in Sunday's game against Bucharest and he is being assessed by England's medics.
England have also made seven changes to the Saxons squad preparing for games against Italy A and Ireland A - including a call-up from the Under 20s for Leicester centre Manu Tuilagi.
Harlequins full-back Mike Brown replaces Abendanon while his club-mate George Robson takes over from the suspended Dave Attwood.
The Saxons have been forced to reshuffle their squad further by injuries to Worcester prop Matt Mullan, Sale centre Mathew Tait and Saracens full-back Alex Goode plus Wasps hooker Rob Webber and lock Dan Ward-Smith,
London Irish hooker James Buckland, Worcester lock Graham Kitchener, Gloucester prop Nick Wood and the Kingsholm full-back Olly Morgan have been drafted in.