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England’s clubs agree to release players for 2nd Bok test

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England’s Premiership clubs have agreed to release their England players for the remaining two autumn Tests against South Africa.


The agreement between Premier Rugby and the Rugby Football Union relaxes a previous agreement preventing any player from starting more than three matches.


“It’s important that we all get fully behind our England players and help in getting England back to winning,” said Premier Rugby chief Mark McCafferty.


“The situation for England has clearly changed and we want to respond quickly and supportively to those needs.”


“I’m delighted that Premier Rugby has made this offer and it’s one we have accepted.” said Rugby Football Union chief executive Francis Baron.


“It shows the benefits of working together in partnership as both parties want a successful club game and England team.”


“This is a very positive gesture and one I know that is appreciated by the head coach Andy Robinson and his coaching team.” said Rob Andrew England’s elite director of rugby.


“It will help the selection panel decide the Test team for the second match against South Africa on 25 November and broaden the options from which they can select the side.” he added.

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