Injury despair for Simpson

Wasps scrum-half to miss tour Down Under

Last updated: 31st May 2010  

Injury despair for Simpson

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London Wasps scrum-half Joe Simpson has seen his international chances hampered once again by injury.

The 21-year-old had been due to battle with Danny Care and Ben Youngs for the England No.9 shirt during the five-match tour Down Under this month.

However a hamstring injury suffered during the MasterCard Trophy victory over the Barbarians at Twickenham on Sunday has now ruled Simpson out of the trip, with London Irish's Paul Hodgson called into the squad.

It is the second injury blow to hit Simpson's international hopes, with Simpson, who was actually born in Sydney, having missed the the RBS six Nations with a dislocated shoulder.

A statement from the RFU confirmed: "Further to a medical assessment and review conducted by the England medical team, Joe Simpson has had to withdraw from the England tour to Australia and New Zealand after sustaining a left hamstring injury in the MasterCard Trophy England v Barbarians match."

Sale fly-half Charlie Hodgson and Newcastle prop Jon Golding have made the trip to Perth despite picking up knocks against the Baa-Baas.

The duo will be assessed again by the medical team when they arrive in Perth although the duo are expected to be passed fit to take part in the tour.

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Andy Field says...

Sods law, the best scrum half in the country injured again before he could prove why he should have been wearing the rose a lot sooner than now. At least he'll be fit for next season and the six nations / world cup...

Posted 15:19 1st June 2010

James Cowan says...

good because he is rubish. yes he is quick but so what. ben youngs and danny care are far far better than him. plus he can tackle to save his life thank god he is injured!!

Posted 17:50 31st May 2010

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