England release Tom Youngs from Six Nations training to play for Leicester Tigers

England's Tom Youngs (centre) during a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey. PRESS AS

England's Tom Youngs (centre) during a training session at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Surrey. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Tuesday February 17, 2015. Picture: John Walton/PA Wire. - Credit: PA

Tom Youngs is poised to feature for Leicester Tigers at the weekend after being released from England's Six Nations training squad for the rest of the week.

Tom Youngs in training with England earlier this week, ahead of his release from the Six Nations squ

Tom Youngs in training with England earlier this week, ahead of his release from the Six Nations squad to allow him to play for Leicester this weekend. Picture: PA - Credit: PA

England will retain 17 players – including Youngs' younger brother, scrum-half Ben – for the remainder of their training week at Pennyhill Park.

The starting XV from Saturday's 47-17 win over Italy at Twickenham, along with centre Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester) and winger Jack Nowell (Exeter), will train tomorrow and Thursday before the whole squad re-assembles on Monday.

In addition, Leicester star Manu Tuilagi and Joe Launchbury (Wasps) will be with the squad to continue their rehabilitation this week.

Youngs, who played junior rugby at North Walsham and Holt, could now press his claims at hooker by featuring in Leicester's Aviva Premiership match at London Irish on Sunday – ahead of England's trip to Ireland on Sunday week.


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England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: 'We have reviewed the Italy match with the whole squad and, while we were pleased to score six tries and win by 30 points, we all know there is plenty to work on.

'We will release some players back to their clubs this evening as it will be a good opportunity for them to play for their clubs on a big Aviva Premiership weekend and before we get together ahead of the Ireland training week.

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'Mike Brown is in in the early days of the graduated return to play protocol and will not be training this week.

'Geoff Parling, Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes will be released back to their clubs for further assessment and treatment with a view to them resuming training with us next week.'

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