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Boost for England rugby: Lawes fit to face Springboks

FIT: Courtney Laws

ENGLAND RUGBY received a boost with the news that second row Courtney Lawes has been declared fit to face South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday.

Northampton's Lawes, 27, missed training last week because of a knee injury but has recovered to take a full part in the preparations for the match against the Springboks.

His return to fitness means he is in line to start alongside Joe Launchbury, with Bath's Dave Attwood on the bench.

Lawes is a product of Northampton Old Scouts, the same club that produced his former team mate Rob Milligan as well as Ben Cohen and Steve Thompson, amongst others. Lawes has won England representative honours for the U18 and U20 sides and won his first senior cap against Australia in November 2009.

England's 34-man squad gathered at their Bagshot base on November 6, and Gustard reported no fresh injury concerns.

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