Clif­ford out of Au­tumn series af­ter dis­lo­cat­ing shoul­der

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HARLEQUINS flanker Jack Clif­ford seems cer­tain to miss Eng­land’s Au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als af­ter in­jur­ing his right shoul­der again. Clif­ford un­der­went surgery on the same shoul­der in April but had seemed back to his best form against Sale be­fore dam­ag­ing the joint again.

“It looks like Jack has dis­lo­cated his shoul­der. It’s frus­trat­ing for him but it’s too early to say how long he’ll be out for," said Harlequins di­rec­tor off rugby John Kingston.

“He had a sore bi­cep and pec on the left side, so he had strength tablets to get out on the pitch in the first place. It was dis­ap­point­ing be­cause he played ever so well.”

Sale coach Steve Di­a­mond: “When big play­ers like Danny Care, Chris Rob­shaw and Joe Mar­ler are on their game Quins are very for­mi­da­ble at home and they were too good for us.

“Last week against Glouces­ter all the plan­ets aligned and all our top play­ers played well. Tonight, with­out men­tion­ing names, one or two didn’t have the best games. We need to be more street­wise.”

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