Thursday deadline for England duo

Date published: November 11 2014

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England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed that a decision on Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley will be made by Thursday.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has revealed that a decision on Courtney Lawes and Dylan Hartley will be made by Thursday.

Both forwards, who play for Northampton Saints, suffered head knocks in the loss to New Zealand but are progressing well under the concussion protocol and England hope they will be available for this weekend.

“Courtney is symptom-free so hopefully he will be okay. Dylan has also got bit of a head knock and is in the same situation,” Lancaster said.

“They need to train on Thursday to be ready. They will do a cog Test on Thursday morning which they have to pass to train.

“We will have provisions in place should they fail that, but we are optimistic will be available.”

Meanwhile, Lancaster is ready for a backlash from the Springboks after their poor performance against Ireland in Dublin.

“There will be a reaction from South Africa this weekend, I don’t doubt it. Ireland deserved the win,” said Lancaster.

“The review was honest and pretty straight. We didn’t gloss over anything and we know we have got to improve against South Africa.

“We were up at half-time and deserved to be in that position, but obviously we were pretty hard on ourselves in not taking the opportunities we should have done.

“We know that at this level if you don’t take those opportunities they can sometimes come back and hurt you. Clearly that was the case in the second half.

“New Zealand played well in the second half and we didn’t play as well. Our kicking game wasn’t good enough and put us under some pressure.

“New Zealand managed that period well when they turned the ball over and that period that led to their try by Richie McCaw was disappointing.”

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