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Eight Saints in England squads

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Lee Dickson, Phil Dowson, Ben Foden and Dylan Hartley all retain their places in the 2012/13 squad after adding to their tally of caps in the recent tour of South Africa.

Courtney Lawes and Tom Wood have also been selected in the Senior EPS despite not travelling this summer.


Meanwhile Calum Clark and Paul Doran Jones have been named in this season's Saxons squad.


Saints director of rugby Jim Mallinder believes the octet are all more than worthy of their spots


"It is certainly a reflection of how each of the lads played last season and we're really pleased," Mallinder said. "To have eight players involved in the senior squads is fantastic for the club and we've always maintained that if you are an Englishman, playing well for Northampton, you have a chance of being selected.


"That is something we've seen with a lot of the lads who have come in over the past few seasons and today's announcement indicates that it will continue to be the case."


2012/13 ENGLAND ELITE PLAYER SQUAD

FORWARDS

Mouritz Botha (Saracens), Alex Corbisiero (London Irish), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers), Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), Tom Johnson (Exeter Chiefs), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Ben Morgan (Gloucester), Tom Palmer (London Wasps), Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers), Chris Robshaw (Harlequins), Matt Stevens (Saracens), Thomas Waldrom (Leicester Tigers), Rob Webber (Bath), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)


BACKS

Anthony Allen (Leicester Tigers), Chris Ashton (Saracens), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Mike Brown (Harlequins), Danny Care (Harlequins), Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Toby Flood (Leicester Tigers), Ben Foden (Northampton Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Jonathan Joseph (London Irish), Charlie Sharples (Gloucester), Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


ENGLAND SAXONS EPS

FORWARDS

Nathan Catt (Bath), Calum Clark (Northampton Saints), Louis Deacon (Leicester Tigers), Paul Doran Jones (Northampton Saints), Carl Fearns (Bath), James Gaskell (Sale Sharks), Jamie Gibson (London Irish), Joe Gray (Harlequins), James Haskell (London Wasps), Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers), Matt Kvesic (Worcester Warriors), Joe Launchbury (London Wasps), Matt Mullan (Worcester Warriors), David Paice (London Irish), George Robson (Harlequins), Henry Thomas (Sale Sharks), David Wilson (Bath), Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers)


BACKS

Nick Abendanon (Bath), Miles Benjamin (Leicester Tigers), Tom Biggs (Bath), Freddie Burns (Gloucester), George Ford (Leicester Tigers), George Lowe (Harlequins), Jonny May (Gloucester), Rob Miller (Sale Sharks), Ugo Monye (Harlequins), Joe Simpson (London Wasps), David Strettle (Saracens), Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester), Christian Wade (London Wasps), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)


The 2012 England Under-20 EPS will be announced in September.