Dylan Hartley, the 30-year-old, will continue as England captain for the Six Nations after Coach Eddie Jones confirmed the news at the launch of the tournament on Wednesday.
Hartley, who led England to the grand slam last year, was banned for hitting Sean O’brien in December.
The subsequent suspension took the total number of weeks he has been unavailable during his career to 60.
The captain will not have played for nine weeks before England’s opening game against France on February 4th at Twickenham.
Serena Williams ended the fairy tale run of Mirjana Lucic-Baroni at the Australian Open on Thursday, with a crushing 6-2, 6-1 win that set up a final against her sister Venus.
The world number two, was back to her ruthless best, roaring to victory in 50 minutes.
Serena, a six-time Melbourne park champion, wrapped up the match when Lucic-Baroni slammed a shot into the net.
The American is reaching her 29th grand slam final where she would bid for a 23rd major title.
The Williams sisters will however contest their first grand slam final since Wimbledon in 2009, which Serena won in two sets.
Venus Williams remains on course for a first grand slam singles final since 2009 after a 6-4 7-6 quarter-final win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova at the Australian Open for the first time in 14 years.
The 36-year-old has rolled back the years in Melbourne and was at it again earlier on Tuesday to seal a straight sets triumph over the Russian 24th seed.
Williams’ 2017 Australian Open campaign is her best since 2003, the last time she reached the last four in the year’s opening grand slam event.
That year she was runner-up to her sister Serena Williams – the pair are drawn to meet in this year’s final if they continue to win.
However, Venus will play an All-American semi-final against Coco Vandeweghe, who trashed former French Open champion Garbine Muguruza 6-4 6-0 in the following quarter-final at Rod Laver Arena.
Vandeweghe blasted her way into her first grand slam semi-final with a dominant display of power Tennis to destroy Muguruza.