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Six Nations: Stuart Lancaster confident on Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling injuries

England coach Stuart Lancaster is confident Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling will be able to feature in the Six Nations despite injury fears.

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Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling are making encouraging progress from the injuries that had cast doubt over their Six Nations participation, according to England coach Stuart Lancaster.

The pair have both been suffering with knee problems in the build-up to the tournament and looked likely to add to England's lengthy injury list.

Owen Farrell joined Joe Launchbury and Ben Morgan in missing the competition on Tuesday, but, with fears lingering over Kyle Eastmond (shoulder) and Tom Wood (ankle), Lancaster is hopeful on Barritt and Parling.

"Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling are making encouraging progress and should be available, selection permitting, to play a significant part in the Six Nations," Lancaster said.

"We'll know more on Kyle Eastmond and Tom Wood later in the week when they have had further assessments."

Lancaster's men open their campaign against Wales in Cardiff on February 6, with captain Chris Robshaw stating the injury situation would not affect England's preparations.

"Going to Cardiff is, of course, huge for England," Robshaw told reporters at the Six Nations launch on Wednesday.

"We all go through stages where we have injuries - whether we do or not, we are confident in our squad.

"Guys are going to step in, waiting for those opportunities, and grab them with both hands."

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