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Rugby, Australian Football: Injury crisis hits England

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posted on Jun, 20 2004 @ 04:41 PM
England arrived in Australia on Sunday for the first time since they were crowned world champions with head coach Sir Clive Woodward feeling the full effects of an injury crisis.

Props Mike Worsley and Will Green have been summoned to join the senior England squad from Churchill Cup duty in Canada as a result.

Woodward could go into next Saturday's World Cup final rematch with the Wallabies without Richard Hill, Mike Tindall and Trevor Woodman while centre Stuart Abbott (shoulder) and prop Matt Stevens (knee ligaments) are already out of contention.

Flanker Hill (ankle), centre Tindall (hip) and prop Woodman (shoulder) are all rated as having less than a 50 per cent chance of playing.

The situation could have got even worse, but lock Simon Shaw did not land a ban following his sending-off in the second Test against New Zealand, making him available to face Australia.


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