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Hartley finally fit for return after suffering concussion in Six Nations triumph seven weeks ago

It comes as a boost for Northampton Saints in their bid to secure Champions Cup rugby for next season.

ENGLAND CAPTAIN DYLAN Hartley will return from almost two months out of action due to concussion suffered in the game that secured Eddie Jones’ side the Grand Slam.

Hartley led England to Six Nations glory on 19 March but admitted he could not remember the team’s celebrations at the Stade de France after being knocked unconscious attempting to tackle France prop Uini Atonio.

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But the hooker has been back in full training this week and has been tipped to make a comeback when Northampton round off their Premiership campaign at Gloucester on Saturday.

“He has done a full week and has been going through the return-to-play protocols,” said coach Alan Dickens.

“He’s bouncing around the place and back to his usual self.”

Fifth-placed Northampton will head to Kingsholm knowing a win will secure European Champions Cup qualification for next season.

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