Northampton Saints quartet released by England

THEY'RE BACK! - Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden have been released by England to play in Saints' game against London Irish on Saturday (picture: Linda Dawson)

THEY'RE BACK! - Dylan Hartley and Ben Foden have been released by England to play in Saints' game against London Irish on Saturday (picture: Linda Dawson)

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Four Saints players have been released by England in time to play against London Irish on Saturday.

Dylan Hartley, Courtney Lawes, Ben Foden and Lee Dickson are among 10 players sent back to their clubs by the Red Rose for this weekend’s Premiership action.

Tom Wood is the only Northampton player to be retained by Stuart Lancaster.

Hartley, Lawes and Wood all started for England in the 23-13 Six Nations win against France last weekend and will hope to get key roles again when Italy come calling on March 10.

Foden and Dickson have yet to play a part in the Six Nations and were both in the Saints line-up for the 25-23 win against Bath at the Gardens last Saturday.