Dylan Hartley's name was missing once again as Northampton announced their squad for Friday night's Amlin Challenge Cup final against Bath in Cardiff.
Hartley has been out for six weeks with a shoulder injury and it is increasingly unlikely he will recover in time to play a role in England's tour to New Zealand.
Next Saturday's Aviva Premiership final against Saracens will be his last opportunity to play for Saints this season and even if available it will offer little time to prove he is ready to face the All Blacks in the second and third Tests.
George Ford has been named at fly-half by Bath in what is shaping up to be his final match of the campaign after it emerged on Wednesday that he requires shoulder surgery.
Ford had been earmarked to start the first Test against New Zealand but England must now look elsewhere with the 21-year-old set to have the operation next week.
Bath narrowly missed out on securing a place in the Aviva Premiership play-offs after losing to Harlequins two weeks ago and Ford is determined that they conclude a fine season with some meaningful reward.
"We had a few extras days to prepare as we weren't in the Premiership semis, so that's allowed to look at things in greater detail," Ford said.
"We've trained well this week and we'll give it our best shot in Cardiff.
"It's massively important that we finish the season with some silverware.
"We were in the top four of the Premiership for the majority of the season, but didn't quite make it in the end.
"We also lost in the LV= semi-final, so we have to go to Cardiff and get the result to make the season a success.
"The boys have all got their eyes on that target and now we've got to go and do it."
Bath have been lifted by the return of openside Francois Louw in his first appearance since suffering an ankle injury against London Irish in March.
"I'm very excited to be in the side for this weekend. It's the final game of the season and these are the kind of games that any player lives for," Louw said.
"It's going to be a hell of a hard game, a relentless one, but this is where we want to be and this is the pressure we want to feel."
Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero makes his first start since sustaining a knee problem last autumn amid five changes by Saints.