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Barritt ruled out of QBE Internationals

16 September 2013

  • Centre expected to be on sidelined until December
  • Barritt will miss Tests against Australia, Argentina and New Zealand
Brad Barritt

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England centre Brad Barritt will miss the QBE Internationals this November after undergoing foot surgery.

Barritt started Saracens' 42-20 Aviva Premiership victory over London Irish at Twickenham last weekend, but was omitted from the match-day 23 for Sunday’s clash with Gloucester at Allianz Park.

The 27 year-old, who was called up to the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia during the summer, has had corrective surgery on damaged ligaments in his foot and is expected to return by Christmas.

Speaking yesterday, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall hinted that an extended spell out might prove beneficial for South African-born Barritt.

"We're not exactly sure of the time frame,” he said. "But it's really unfortunate for Brad because he's been outstanding for us over the last four seasons.

"We'll miss him for the next three months or so, but Brad hasn't had much of a break from rugby for four and a half years.

"Getting him back in January will be a real bonus for us and he'll have a lot to look forward to from that moment on.

"We're not exactly sure when the injury happened. He injured that foot against Toulon last season and it's come back again. It's unfortunate, but it's one of those things."

England face Australia, Argentina and New Zealand this November and the loss of Barritt – a key defensive organiser – is a blow to head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Gloucester Rugby's Billy Twelvetrees and Kyle Eastmond of Bath Rugby are the other recognised inside centres in the senior EPS, while Anthony Allen, Luther Burrell, Joel Tomkins, Jonathan Joseph and Elliot Daly represent other midfield options in the Saxons training squad.

Barritt is the second player in five days to be ruled out of England's autumn fixtures after flanker Tom Croft underwent season-ending knee surgery last week.