“Alex Corbisiero took part in this morning’s forwards training session but suffered some discomfort to his knee. He did not train this afternoon and will not be available for selection for the weekend,” said England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
“It is disappointing for Alex, having missed last year’s Six Nations because of an injury to his other knee, but Matt Mullan has been with us all week and is raring to go in the 23. Marland Yarde took part in training today but is not fully fit to be considered for the game.”
Despite losing key payers coach Lancaster feels optimistic about meeting the world champs.
“We’ve had a good start to the week and now it’s a case of tapering down the training and getting ourselves ready for the ultimate challenge, The Twickenham crowd has been great over the last two weeks and we know they will be just as vocal as they were against New Zealand last year.”
Forwards: Dan Cole, Dylan Hartley, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Joe Marler, Ben Morgan, Matt Mullan, Geoff Parling, Chris Robshaw, Billy Vunipola, David Wilson, Tom Wood, Tom Youngs.
Backs: Chris Ashton, Mike Brown, Lee Dickson, Owen Farrell, Toby Flood, Ben Foden, Alex Goode, Joel Tomkins, Billy Twelvetrees, Ben Youngs.
Released to their clubs: Dave Attwood, Freddie Burns, Luther Burrell, Danny Care, Alex Corbisiero, Kyle Eastmond, Tom Johnson, Matt Kvesic, Henry Thomas, Henry Trinder, Mako Vunipola, Marland Yarde, Rob Webber, Christian Wade, Anthony Watson.