Youngs in contention for autumn internationals
England scrum-half Ben Youngs could be in contention for the autumn internationals after recovering well from shoulder surgery.
The Leicester No 9 suffered the injury in England's second Test defeat to South Africa and was initially a doubt for the upcoming matches for his country against Fiji, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand after it was confirmed he needed an operation.
However, he has made quick progress and Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill says he is ahead of schedule and could feature in his club's Aviva Premiership clash at Sale on October 5.
"Ben Youngs should be available to play some part of the game against Sale," said Cockerill. "He is doing really well, has been doing contact training and his shoulder is in good shape.
"His rehab has gone really well."