"He is sore" - Sam Simmonds now likely to miss England's summer tour - Ruck

“He is sore” – Sam Simmonds now likely to miss England’s summer tour

Rob Baxter’s inconclusive update means that Sam Simmonds has become the second forward to become doubtful for England’s summer tour to Australia.

“It’s a hip/groin, a combination of a few things. He is sore, he is struggling to train really and that is the problem,” Baxted explained.

“Without him getting all the consultants’ feedback, it’s at what level they think any intervention is required at this stage.

“So I don’t want to say he will definitely be back for England and I don’t want to say he will definitely be back for us at the end of the season because I don’t think it is as simple a prognosis as that.”

Earlier in the week, Northampton were unable to offer a return date for the dislocated thumb injury suffered by Courtney Lawes where the bone, according to director of rugby Chris Boyd, came out through the skin.

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“No thanks” – Three players who’ve PULLED OUT of England’s summer tour

Below, we look at three players who will almost definitely not travel whether due to injury or personal choice.

#1. Anthony Watson

The 28-year-old Watson is recovering from a serious knee injury sustained in October, but the prolific Lion has been considering his next career move during the rehab process.

He has been linked to former club London Irish, Wasps and Sale, but the Tigers are regarded as favourites to sign him. Sale announced yesterday that they are bringing in another wing, Exeter’s Tom O’Flaherty, at the end of this season.

Reports suggest he won’t be fit for down under and will instead look to have a full pre-season with a view to returning to the England fold in the Autumn.

Anthony Watson of Bath Rugby arrives for the Gallagher Premiership Rugby Match between Bristol Bears and Bath Rugby at Ashton Gate on 1 Oct. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

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