Curry not on menu for English

Evening Express (City Final) - - At The Races -

TOM Curry has been ruled out of the re­main­der of Eng­land’s au­tumn series by the an­kle in­jury sus­tained against South Africa.

The Sale flanker limped off in the sec­ond half of Satur­day’s 12-11 vic­tory at Twick­en­ham and af­ter hav­ing the joint scanned, it was con­firmed he is fac­ing an ex­tended spell on the side­lines.

“Tom is not avail­able against New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well,” for­wards coach Steve Borth­wick said.

In only five ap­pear­ances Curry has be­come an au­to­matic pick at open­side, the 20-year-old im­press­ing dur­ing the sum­mer tour to South Africa and in Satur­day’s win un­til in­jury struck.

“Tom in­jured his an­kle and we don’t know long he’ll be out for, but he won’t be back for our next three Tests,” Borth­wick said.

“He’s a fan­tas­tic young player and we saw that in the game time he had against South Africa at the week­end.

“He’s got a fan­tas­tic fu­ture ahead of him. I know that with his at­ti­tude he’ll come back in even bet­ter shape than he is now.”

Eng­land have oth­er­wise been given a clean bill of health ahead of Satur­day’s visit of the All Blacks to Twick­en­ham – the first time the ri­vals have met in four years.

Manu Tu­ilagi will take a full part in train­ing this week af­ter re­cov­er­ing from the mi­nor groin strain that ruled him out against the Spring­boks.

Court­ney Lawes is also avail­able hav­ing over­come a back prob­lem that forced him to miss the same match.

With Curry un­avail­able, Eng­land are likely to turn to an­other rookie flanker against New Zealand in the form of Bath’s Sam Un­der­hill.

The Aberdeen A squad, pic­tured top, cel­e­brated along with the B squad

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