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Farrell out of third All Blacks Test

17 June 2014

  • Owen Farrell suffers medial ligament strain to left knee
  • Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler have chance to impress vs Crusaders

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Owen Farrell will miss the third Test against New Zealand in Hamilton after suffering a strain to the medial ligament in his left knee.

The 22-year-old Saracens fly half will stay with the squad for the remainder of the tour before returning home for further assessment and treatment by his club in conjunction with the England medical team.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “The knee has been scanned and there is a strain there. It’s disappointing for Owen as he was desperate to play in the final Test but such is his character that he is already working on his rehab and still contributing to the tour.”

Gloucester Rugby fly half Freddie Burns was impressive and assured in Farrell’s stead for the first Test in Auckland, while Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler have the chance to press their claims against the Crusaders this evening in Christchurch.

Lancaster added: “Fortunately we have three other fly halves to call on and we’ll make that selection call over the next few days.

“The squad trained well this morning and we will narrow down selection over the next 24 hours following the game this evening.”