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England’s Farrell out of Six Nations with knee injury

January 27, 2015

LONDON (AP) — England flyhalf Owen Farrell was ruled out of the Six Nations on Tuesday, two days after badly twisting his left knee in club rugby action.

A scan on Monday revealed Farrell suffered a high-grade medial ligament strain.

England said in a statement he will miss their tournament campaign, which begins on Friday next week against Wales in Cardiff.

Farrell hobbled off during Saracens’ loss at Clermont Auvergne on Sunday in the European Cup, after a collision with flanker Julien Bardy.

“It’s a real shame for Owen,” England coach Stuart Lancaster said. “We are fortunate to have three other No. 10s in the squad in what is a very competitive position, and we will look forward to seeing how they go over the Six Nations.”

England’s other flyhalves were George Ford, who took over from Farrell during the November internationals, Stephen Myler, and Danny Cipriani.

Also hurt on a bad weekend for Lancaster were lock Geoff Parling (knee), flanker Tom Wood (ankle), and centers Brad Barritt (knee) and Kyle Eastmond (shoulder). Parling’s and Wood’s injuries drew Northampton lock Christian Day and British Lions flanker Tom Croft into the squad on Monday.

Lancaster will update his lengthening injury list on Wednesday at the Six Nations launch.

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