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England flanker Tom Curry out autumn Tests with ankle injury

England flanker Tom Curry out autumn Tests with ankle injury

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Curry has been ruled out of the three remaining November internationals against New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

Flanker Tim Curry will miss the reminder of England’s autumn series due to a “severe ankle injury”, forward’s coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.

The 20-year-old limped off in the second half of Saturday’s 12-11 victory against South Africa at Twickenham. After having the joint scanned, it was confirmed he is facing a long time on the sidelines.

The flanker will miss England’s Tests against New Zealand, Japan and Australia.

'Tom is not available against New Zealand and has been ruled out of the rest of the series as well,' said Borthwick.

'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 will receive New Zealand on Saturday

Curry’s injury is a huge blow for Eddie Jones’ side, which otherwise would have been given a clean bill of health ahead of Saturday’s visit of New Zealand.

England are looking for their first victory against the All Blacks since December 2012.

New Zealand have a 91% winning record in Tests since the 2015 World Cup, however, Jones said the squad is “excited about playing the best team in the world”.

He said: 'We know they're going to have an ideal preparation for the game; they'll be up for the game. I think everyone's been looking forward to the game.'

After facing the All Blacks, England play Japan on 17 November and Australia on the 24.

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