England have announced that they will once again be captained by Harlequins back-row forward Chris Robshaw in their November International Series.
The Quins skipper has led his country in all but one of eight Tests under coach Stuart Lancaster and the head coach revealed his appointment for the Test games against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium.
"Chris has been outstanding on and off the field and we are delighted that he will captain the team for what will be an immense challenge in the QBE Internationals," said Lancaster.
"We have a strong leadership group in this squad and I know that Chris will be well supported by them in the weeks ahead.
"It was important to wait until after last weekend's Premiership matches to check on everyone's form and fitness and not interrupt the players preparations. I have had the chance now to have a 1:1 catch-up with each player and we are really pleased to announce Chris as captain."
Meanwhile, England duo Dylan Hartley and Courtney Lawes have been ruled out of the opening November international against Fiji after the pair suffered knee injuries in the Saints' defeat to Saracens. They have returned to their club to undergo further treatment.
Anthony Allen, Mike Brown, Phil Dowson, Ben Morgan, James Haskell, Jordan Turner-Hall and Ben Youngs have also been released for Aviva Premiership duty this weekend.
Worcester prop Matt Mullan and Harlequins lock George Robson, who were initially called up as injury cover for Joe Marler and Lawes, will train with England on Wednesday before returning to their clubs. Those players are still in contention to face Fiji on November 10.
"Some return for further treatment from their club and others to get some game time to put a marker down for selection for when we meet again on Sunday after the weekend's games," Lancaster said.
"We will not finalise selection for the Fiji game until after training next Tuesday and so for those going back and playing this is a real opportunity to stake a claim with a really big performance."