Ben Foden and Lee Dickson are available for Saints’ trip to Exeter this weekend after being released by England.
The duo, who helped Northampton beat Gloucester 26-7 in the LV= Cup last weekend, will play no part in the Red Rose’s Six Nations opener against Scotland on Saturday.
But Dylan Hartley, Tom Wood and Courtney Lawes could be in line for selection at Twickenham as they have been retained.
Foden’s omission owes much to the form of Harlequins full-back Mike Brown and Saracens No.15 Alex Goode.
While Dickson is behind Quins’ Danny Care and Leicester’s Ben Youngs in the England pecking order.
But the international pair’s presence will provide a welcome boost for Saints as they aim to secure a place in the LV= Cup semi-finals with a win at Sandy Park on Saturday evening.