Wednesday 22 February 2017

In brief: England play it by ear on Wilkinson

Published 28/10/2010 | 05:00

Martin Johnson has confirmed that Jonny Wilkinson will not require shoulder surgery -- but he remains doubtful for England's clash with New Zealand on November 6.

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Wilkinson underwent a scan on Tuesday after reporting to England's training camp with a shoulder problem sustained in Toulon's defeat to Stade Francais on Saturday night.

"Jonny doesn't need surgery and is receiving rehab from the medical team," Johnson said. "We have to work out what the injury means going into next week. He will be assessed day-to-day and we will have a better idea towards the end of the week."

England also have injury concerns over Riki Flutey and Simon Shaw, who have not trained this week after suffering calf injuries.

Ankle injury to Davies hits Gatland's options

Injury-hit Wales have suffered another potential blow ahead of next week's autumn Test series opener against Australia in Cardiff.

Warren Gatland has already lost Lions trio Lee Byrne, Leigh Halfpenny and Ryan Jones from the Wallabies clash on November 6.

And they could now be joined by in-form Scarlets centre Jonathan Davies. Davies, widely expected to fill one of the centre positions against Australia, suffered an ankle injury during training yesterday.

"Jon Davies has gone down with an injury in training," said Gatland. "It limits our midfield options a little bit. But you can't dwell on it -- you have got to put it behind you."

France leave out Bastareaud

Mathieu Bastareaud has been left out of France's squad for their upcoming internationals against Fiji, Argentina and Australia.

The Stade Francais centre, who was a member of the side which completed the Grand Slam in this year's Six Nations, has paid the price for his recent poor form and lack of fitness. Other notable absentees include the Toulouse trio of fly-half David Skrela, wing Vincent Clerc and full-back Clement Poitrenaud.

Les Bleus coach Marc Lievremont has picked some new faces in the 31-man squad, with Perpignan prop Jerome Schuster and Bayonne winger Yoann Huget given a massive chance to prove themselves.

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