Launch­bury to miss All Blacks show­down

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Lock Joe Launch­bury will miss Eng­land’s rugby test against the All Blacks at Twick­en­ham next month af­ter knee surgery has ruled him out for up to 12 weeks. His Wasps club made a brief an­nounce­ment on Twit­ter with­out elab­o­rat­ing. Launch­bury hasn’t played since in­jur­ing his knee play­ing for Wasps on Septem­ber 16 in the English Premier­ship. At the time, scans showed no struc­tural dam­age but he had been re­ceiv­ing in­jec­tions to ease the swelling. He be­came an Eng­land stal­wart in the sec­ond row not long af­ter his 2012 de­but. He has forged a part­ner­ship with Maro Itoje since 2016 and Ed­die Jones’ ap­point­ment as coach. Launch­bury has 54 caps but will miss the tests against South Africa, New Zealand, Ja­pan and Aus­tralia. The much-awaited test against the world No 1 All Blacks is on Novem­ber 10.

Joe Launch­bury has had surgery.

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