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Scrum half Danny Care ruled out of RWC

17 August 2011

  • England scrum half Danny Care ruled out of World Cup
  • Six weeks out for the popular Harlequins man
Danny Care in action with England

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England and Harlequins scrum half Danny Care has been ruled out of the 2011 Rugby World Cup after sustaining an injury to his left big toe joint in last weekend’s fixture against Wales and, after scans and specialist opinions, will undergo surgery this week.

Recovery time is anticipated to be a minimum of six weeks and therefore Danny is ruled out of the initial 30 man Rugby World Cup squad to be announced on Monday 22nd August.

Care tweeted: "Absolutely devastated about my injury but in the best hands for my op tomorrow. Wish the lads all the best to hopefully win the world cup!!"

Care has 32 England caps and started all of England's Six Nations matches in 2010, before losing his place to Leicester's Ben Youngs last summer.

But Care has come off the bench in every Test since and also started the first World Cup warm-up match against Wales at Twickenham.

Hugely disappointed for Danny – Johnson

England scrum half Danny Care delivers possession for Harlequins against Leicester Tigers in the Aviva Premiership

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Speaking on the news, England Team Manager, Martin Johnson said: “We are all hugely disappointed for Danny who has worked extremely hard and has been an important part of the squad throughout our Rugby World Cup preparations.

"He featured in both warm-up fixtures and was on course for selection so this injury is really disappointing for him personally and for us as a squad.

"Nobody wants to see a player ruled out at this stage through injury and we all wish Danny a speedy recovery.

“In terms of our selection options we are fortunate to have depth at nine with Ben Youngs, now back into full training, Joe Simpson and Richard Wigglesworth. These guys have all been part of the Rugby World Cup camp and will be considered ahead of the final 30 man squad announced on Monday.”