Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Injury Blow Rules England Prop out of the Six Nations; RUGBY UNION

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Injury Blow Rules England Prop out of the Six Nations; RUGBY UNION

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ENGLAND prop David Wilson has been ruled of the remaining four matches of the RBS Six Nations with a neck injury.

Wilson suffered nerve impingement during training two weeks ago and while the initial prognosis on his availability for last Friday's 21-16 victory over Wales was positive, he was subsequently ruled out.

The 29-year-old went to see a specialist on Wednesday when it was confirmed he faces 12 weeks on the sidelines, ensuring his availability for England's World Cup training camp in June.

"David is out of the Six Nations unfortunately. He's booked in for an operation to relieve the nerve impingement he has," head coach Stuart Lancaster said.

"We are likely to see him back in 10 to 12 weeks, so he should be back for Bath by the end of the season.

"He'll certainly be available for our World Cup camp in June, but he's out of our Six Nations."

" The disappointment over Wilson is eased by Dan Cole's successful return against Wales from a similar condition that also required surgery, and the Leicester tighthead has been retained in an unchanged starting XV against Italy tomorrow.Lancaster also named the same replacements bench that helped subdue Wales in a pulsating opener at the Millennium Stadium.

It had been hoped Stocktonborn lock Geoff Parling would be available as specialist second row cover, only for the Teessider to suffer a setback in his recovery from a knee injury.

Lancaster also gave consideration to recalling Brad Barritt but decided the Saracens centre needed more game time before being plunged back into action after a three-month lay-off.

"Overall it was nice to select on the back of a positive performance, but there were some decisions to make at the start of the week," said Lancaster.

"We were looking at Geoff for the bench, but when he pulled out on Monday that decision was made for us effectively. …

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