April 30, 2009
England Under 20 wing Seb Stegmann has been ruled out of this summer's IRB Junior World Championship after suffering a serious knee injury playing for Harlequins.
The 20-year-old is to undergo surgery on his right knee after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in the Guinness Premiership game against Newcastle Falcons last weekend.
The injury robs England of their most experienced player at this level and Harlequins of one of their emerging young stars for the rest of the year.
Stegmann has won 12 caps in two seasons, appeared in all the games in the 2008 Grand Slam campaign and scored tries against Scotland, Ireland, Fiji and Italy.
Only Bristol's Luke Eves has featured for the Under 20 side in as many games in that period.
England coach Mark Mapletoft will name a replacement after the Under 20 training camp in Loughborough next month.
"Seb's been a key member of the England squad over the last two seasons who had gone on to break into the first team squad at Harlequins and we're desperately disappointed that he's suffered such a serious injury on the eve of the tournament," said Mapletoft.
"He's an experienced player we rate highly and a popular member of the squad who clearly has a bright future in the game ahead of him. I know I speak for all the management and players in wishing him a speedy and successful recovery.
"We now need to identify who will replace him when we go to Japan for the Junior World Championship and we'll make that decision after next month's training camp at Loughborough."
England Under 20 play Loughborough University on May 13 at the start of a five-day training camp in the Midlands.
They then go to Tokyo as second seeds for the tournament where they play Japan (June 5), Scotland (June 9) and Samoa (June 13) in the pool stages.
England Under 20 squad
Bob Baker (London Wasps)
Calum Clark (Leeds Carnegie)
James Clark (London Irish)
Carl Fearns (Sale Sharks)
James Gaskell (Sale Sharks)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Graham Kitchener (Worcester Warriors)
Shaun Knight (Gloucester Rugby)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs)
Josh Ovens (Bath Rugby)
Dan Williams (Gloucester Rugby)
Chris York (Harlequins)
Tom Casson (Saracens)
Rory Clegg (Newcastle Falcons)
Luke Eves (Bristol Rugby)
Tom Homer London Irish)
Dave Lewis (Gloucester Rugby)
George Lowe (Harlequins)
Rob Miller (Newcastle Falcons)
Charlie Sharples (Gloucester Rugby)
Henry Trinder (Gloucester Rugby)
Greig Tonks (Leicester Tigers)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
Plus one to be confirmed