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Courtney Lawes called up by England as Mouritz Botha and Tom Palmer

Courtney Lawes, the thoroughly modern lock from Northampton whose Test progress has been badly hampered by injury, is back in the England mix for the final international of the year, against New Zealand at Twickenham on Saturday. Lawes replaces Mouritz Botha of Saracens in the match-day squad and is likely to be given a run off the bench.

International round-up: New Zealand and France made to battle hard for

Slow starts were very much in vogue yesterday. First New Zealand allowed themselves to be tied down by Italy before running out 42-10 winners in Rome, then France were caught by an early try-scoring charge from Argentina, but preserved their unbeaten record in Lille with a 39-22 victory, thanks in part to two tries by Vincent Clerc.

Scotland find their finisher in Visser

Three games into his international career, Tim Visser is the joint-third top try scorer in the current Scotland squad. The country's quest for a victory against New Zealand continues but in the midst of the 51-22 loss to the world champions on Sunday there were tangible signs that the long-time search for a potent finisher is finally meeting with success.

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Lancaster forced to rethink his battle-plan as Hartley and Lawes are

Stuart Lancaster may be a master of system and process, but there is not a system or process in the whole wide world of sport that can prevent a virulent outbreak of old-fashioned orthopaedic trauma. The England head coach acknowledged yesterday that the injury fallout from the last round of Premiership fixtures was every bit as serious as he feared at the time – and that it has cost him the services of Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes and, almost certainly, Jonathan Joseph for the opening autumn international against Fiji on Saturday week.

Setback for England as Hartley may miss entire autumn series

Stuart Lancaster may be the calmest England coach of the professional era, but his unflappable approach to the red-rose job was under severe strain yesterday when the full extent of the injury fallout from the weekend's Premiership activity became clear. Concerns over the centre Jonathan Joseph, the scrum-half Ben Youngs, the lock Courtney Lawes and the captain Chris Robshaw paled into insignificance as the medical bulletin on Dylan Hartley was issued.

Burns leaves indelible mark as he enhances his reputation

Taken together, the sighs of relief from the England coaching team at the end of this minor Premiership classic at Kingsholm were enough to constitute a gale force wind. Toby Flood looked very sharp at outside-half for Leicester; his colleagues Dan Cole and Geoff Parling applied God's amount of pressure, at scrum and line-out respectively; Freddie Burns reinforced the already overwhelming impression that he is an international No 10 in waiting; Billy Twelvetrees did something similar with regards to the No 12 position. But for some dodgy throwing from the hooker Tom Youngs, who would be positively lethal on a darts oche, it was just about perfect.