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Dylan Hartley named on Northampton bench for Gloucester
ESPN Staff
May 6, 2016

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England captain Dylan Hartley is set to make his comeback in Northampton's Aviva Premiership clash against Gloucester on Saturday.

The Saints hooker has not played since he was knocked out during England's RBS 6 Nations Grand Slam-clinching victory over France in Paris on March 19. But Hartley is back in full training and he has been named on the replacements' bench as Northampton look to secure a top-six Premiership finish and automatic European Champions Cup qualification for next season.

Hartley's likely return to action this weekend is a major boost for England head coach Eddie Jones ahead of next month's three-Test Australia tour. Jones is due to announce his tour squad in just over a fortnight's time, with Hartley set to skipper England Down Under as they look to build on their Six Nations success.

Elsewhere hooker Jamie George returns for Saracens after recovering from the bicep injury that ruled him out of the Six Nations. Saracens have opted to rest Billy and Mako Vunipola and Maro Itoje with their top spot already secured.

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