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England drop Palmer as Tigers' trio prove fitness

Tom Palmer, the Paris-based lock who cemented a place in the England engine room before last year's World Cup, has been dropped from the squad for this weekend's Six Nations match against Wales at Twickenham. He is not the only casualty of Stuart Lancaster's first selectorial tinkerings since taking over as caretaker coach. Two Harlequins, the full-back Mike Brown and the centre Jordan Turner-Hall, have also been cut from the party.

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Two Tigers in the hunt for England restoration

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Ben Youngs' form has slipped

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Ben Youngs accepts that a frustrating loss of form has left him in danger of being dropped by England for the first time in his career.

Simon Kemp: The RFU's head of medicine says the risk of being injured is the same now as it was in 2001

Scotland call up Kalman as Low ruled out

According to latest figures compiled by what might be called the Rugby Football Union's health and safety team – Dr Simon Kemp, head of sports medicine at Twickenham is the man principally responsible for collating the statistics – the game is no more dangerous to life and limb now than it was a decade ago, despite the greater speed and dynamism of the people who play it for a living and the heavier collisions in every area of the field.

Brad Barritt is next in line for England's No 12 role

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Unfairly maligned as one-dimensional by some, Saracens' South African-born No 12 may actually provide an answer to England's long-standing problem position

For the second time this season, Billy Twelvetrees scored 29 points against Wasps

Twelvetrees puts England case by swatting Wasps

Leicester Tigers 29 London Wasps 11

'I guess I am loud, and a big mouth,' says Owen Farrell. 'My dad was the same, you could always hear him on the pitch'

Owen Farrell: All set to be the next big noise after Jonny

Versatile Saracen in with a shout of being England's new housewives' favourite

Toby Flood's knees are set to give Leicester and England a problem

Leicester need Twelvetrees to ease Flood pain

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Stuart Lancaster & Graham Rowntree: England's new brooms pledge to restore old values

Two-thirds of caretaker coaching team will seek to rebuild tarnished team by reconnecting with union's grass roots

TOBY FLOOD: The Leicester fly-half scored 13 points against Sale at Welford Road

Flood ensures Leicester survive wobble

Leicester 28 Sale 23

Ed Slater leaps high to win a line-out for Leicester at Sixways

Flood keeps Tigers on right track

Worcester 13 Leicester 32

Jonny Wilkinson: The fly-half said some colleagues had the wrong frame of mind at the World Cup

Wilkinson speaks out on players' 'naive' conduct

Jonny Wilkinson has described his England team-mates as naive to think their World Cup drinking session would go unreported and believes some of them arrived at the tournament in the wrong frame of mind.

Adam Thompstone began the revival with the second Irish try

Cockerill has cause for concern as Europe beckons

Leicester Tigers 24 London Irish 24

Castrogiovanni to the fore as Tigers launch fightback

Sale 13 Leicester 34

Ashton: 'It was 60 minutes before I touched the ball'

The euphoria of scoring England's winning try faded quickly for Chris Ashton. A short, sharp sprint took Ashton to the top of the World Cup scorers' charts but he was almost as relieved simply to get the ball in his hands as he was to score a 15th try in 19 Tests.

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