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England release Banahan and Worsley


Joe Worsley

Joe Worsley

Joe Worsley

England manager Martin Johnson has made Bath wing Matt Banahan and Wasps flanker Joe Worsley available for Aviva Premiership action this weekend.

Worsley will start for Wasps at Leeds on Sunday alongside loosehead prop Tim Payne, centre Dominic Waldouck and lock Dan Ward-Smith, who were all released by England earlier in the week.

Banahan joins Red Rose captain Lewis Moody in being made available for Bath's clash with Harlequins at the Stoop just six days before England tackle New Zealand at Twickenham.

Banahan has been named at outside centre for Bath, a position in which England are anxious for him to gain experience.

Gloucester were able to announce prop Paul Doran-Jones in their front row after it emerged he had also been released for Premiership duty by England.

Johnson's decision to allow Payne and Doran-Jones to return to their clubs this weekend suggests England will go into the All Blacks game with Andrew Sheridan and Dan Cole as the starting props, supported off the bench by David Wilson.

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