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Jamie George returns earlier than planned to boost England's Six Nations hopes

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Jamie George has recovered from a knee problem to give England’s Six Nations title quest a lift.

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Eddie Jones’ second choice hooker sustained the injury in a 32-15 victory over Australia during the autumn and was not expected to return until the end of January.

But he has been named in the starting XV and captain for Saracens’ Gallagher Premiership trip to Northampton on Sunday.

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“Jamie was nearly OK for last weekend but now he’s raring to go. It’s great to have him back,” Saracens boss Mark McCall said.

England open their Six Nations against Scotland on February 5 with only 500 fans allowed to attend Murrayfield because of Covid-19 restrictions.

Elsewhere, Saracens have confirmed the loan signing of tighthead Gareth Milasinovich. Milasinovich (6’3, 134kg) is in line for his debut after joining on a two-month loan from Ulster.

SARACENS:
1 Mako Vunipola
2 Jamie George (c)
3 Harvey Beaton
4 Maro Itoje
5 Nick Isiekwe
6 Theo McFarland
7 Ben Earl
8 Billy Vunipola

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9 Aled Davies
10 Alex Goode
11 Elliot Daly
12 Nick Tompkins
13 Alex Lozowski
14 Sean Maitland
15 Max Malins

REPLACEMENTS:
16 Tom Woolstencroft
17 Eroni Mawi
18 Gareth Milasinovich
19 Callum Hunter-Hill
20 Jackson Wray
21 Ivan van Zyl
22 Manu Vunipola
23 Rotimi Segun

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