Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gloucester Centre Is Likely to Miss Tour

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Gloucester Centre Is Likely to Miss Tour

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BILLY Twelvetrees is unlikely to make England's New Zealand tour after being ruled out of action for "four to six weeks" by Gloucester boss Nigel Davies.

England centre Twelvetrees suffered ankle damage in Gloucester's 38-30 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish on Saturday.

England had hoped to have the 24-year-old available for the first Test against the All Blacks in Auckland on June 7. Gloucester boss Davies confirmed former Leicester centre Twelvetrees does not need surgery but may now not be fit in time for either England's first or second Tests next month.

"It looks like an injury that will be between four to six weeks before it's right, so not great for him, obviously, Billy having had such a good season overall," said Davies.

"It's not ligaments, it's a relatively minor injury in his ankle, but it will stop him from playing for between four to six weeks.

"It doesn't need an intervention at this stage.

"He's had a long period of rugby if you think about the tours as well with England and going with the Lions last summer. …

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