Joe Marler will make his comeback for England at Twickenham on Saturday – but fellow British and Irish Lion George Kruis has been omitted from the match-day squad for the clash with Australia.
Marler has been retained as one of six remaining front-rowers in a squad of 25 to continue preparations for the showdown with the Wallabies, which means the Harlequins prop is certain to feature, either from the start or off the bench.
It follows his disciplinary reprieve last month, when he was initially banned for foul play until November 19, only to have the suspension end-date moved to the 12th on appeal.
Eddie Jones has released George Kruis to Saracens ahead of England’s clash with Australia
Meanwhile Harlequins prop Joe Marler will make his England comeback after being retained
Marler’s return will add experience to the England pack as the 27-year-old with 51 caps has been preferred to Leicester’s rookie loosehead Ellis Genge, who is among a group of nine players released back to their clubs. That group also contains Kruis.
Saracens’ Lions lock started in last Saturday’s 21-8 victory over Argentina but he will take no part in this second match of the Autumn campaign.
His release may be related to the England coaches’ desire to manage the work-load of their Lions contingent, but it may simply mean that he has been dropped, based on form.
Owen Farrell and Maro Itoje were rested last weekend but retained in the squad in order to be around on match day.
Both men are on course to return to action against Australia, along with Jonny May – the prolific Leicester wing who has recovered from a hamstring injury which forced him to miss the encounter with the Pumas.
Along with Genge and Kruis, the other players who have been released back to their clubs are Tom Dunn, Piers Francis, Nick Isiekwe, Alex Lozowski, Zach Mercer, Marcus Smith and Denny Solomona.
Mike Brown will stay in camp, despite the Harlequins full-back being unlikely to appear on Saturday, as he goes through concussion protocols.
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