Rugby-Injured Wilkinson ruled out of November matches


Fri, 29 Oct 18:19:00 2010

* Wilkinson faces four weeks out at least

* Hodgson called up as his replacement

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Fly-half Jonny Wilkinson was ruled out of England's November internationals with a shoulder injury on Friday, the RFU said in a statement.

Wilkinson, who complained of soreness in the shoulder earlier in the week, will be replaced by the experienced Charlie Hodgson.

The injury, the latest of many in Wilkinson's illustrious career, comes as a particular blow as he has been playing well for French club Toulon and was hoping to challenge for a place in the starting lineup which is likely to go to Toby Flood.

England play the first of their matches against New Zealand at Twickenham on Nov. 6 with further home games to come against Samoa (Nov.20) and South Africa (Nov.27).

The RFU, England rugby's ruling body, said in the statement on their website ( that the decision to replace Wilkinson was taken with his club.

"After review, assessment and treatment on Wilkinson's shoulder it has been concluded by the England medical team, in conjunction with RC Toulon, that he will need a month of rehab before he is fit to play again," it said.

England team manager Martin Johnson said: "It's clear that Jonny will need a period of rehab of around four weeks and this will be carried out in conjunction with Toulon."

The RFU also said that Paul Doran Jones has been released back to his Gloucester club and is available to play for them this weekend.

Hendre Fourie of Leeds and David Wilson of Bath have both returned to training, the RFU said, while Riki Flutey and Simon Shaw of London Wasps were continuing their rehab programmes.


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