England flanker Tom Curry will miss the rest of the November internationals after being ruled out with an ankle injury.
Curry limped off shortly after half time in England’s 12-11 win against South Africa at Twickenham on Saturday before leaving the stadium on crutches.
Tom Curry’s not available for this weekend,” said forwards coach Borthwick on Tuesday. “He’ll be ruled out of the rest of the series too. As you know he injured his ankle. Beyond that we don’t know how long, but it’s not within the next three Test matches so he won’t be available for us.
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“He’s injured his ankle, I’m not a doctor but he’s injured his ankle and he had scans earlier in the week, now he’s off to see a specialist this week – though I don’t know exactly when – to understand fully what the next steps are.”
Curry had started a fourth Test match in a row against South Africa, after being selected at seven for the three-Test series in the summer as well as the victory at Twickenham Stadium.
“He’s a fantastic young player, you saw that in the summer and you saw it at the weekend,” added Borthwick.
“He’s got a really fantastic future ahead of him. It’s disappointing but whenever there’s an injury it is an opportunity for you as a player to improve and get better.
“We’ve got a lot of options there,” added the former England captain. “We’ve got a lot of versatility with Sam [Underhill], Mark Wilson and Zach Mercer. who has played all across the back row.
“Sam’s an excellent player, a real tough defender, he hits hard and he’s in great physical shape.
“We’ve got Courtney training fully and in that back five of the scrum, you saw Charlie Ewels come on at six at the weekend, so we’ve got a lot of good quality players back there.”