Blues maintain their links with England squad

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Dual-registered Bedford Blues and Saracens star Mako Vunipola has retained his place in England squad for Saturday’s QBE International against Australia at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on SkySports HD).

He will return to Pennyhill Park tomorrow evening (Wednesday) along with former Blues Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers) and Tom Youngs (Leicester Tigers).

Ex-Bedford stars Mouritz Botha (Saracens) and Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby) are among the 13 players released back to their clubs.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “We had to make some tough decisions within the 23 and we are in a good position to be able to select from a largely fit squad.

“Training has been very focused during the last two days with all the players training well and pushing hard.”