England star Tom Curry to miss Six Nations after being ruled out for the rest of the season… as Sale flanker requires surgery on hip injury
- Tom Curry hasn’t played for Sale since helping England finish third at World Cup
- He missed the 2023 Six Nations and World Cup warm-ups because of injury
- Ben Earl will also be out for up to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery
England and Sale flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the rest of the season with a hip injury that requires surgery in what amounts to a devastating blow for the player.
Curry, 25, won his 50th cap in England’s World Cup bronze medal match against Argentina – one which saw Steve Borthwick’s side seal a surprise third-place tournament finish.
But he will now miss not only the 2024 Six Nations and summer tour of New Zealand with his country but also the entire Premiership and Champions Cup campaigns with his ambitious club.
Curry hasn’t played for Sale since the World Cup and their director of rugby Alex Sanderson revealed on Tuesday he is set for another lengthy period on the sidelines.
‘Tom needs a clear-out of his hip that will put him out for the rest of this season,’ said Sanderson.
England and Sale flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the rest of the season due to injury
Ben Earl will also be out of action for up to eight weeks after undergoing surgery on his knee
‘He has been back down to London to have further extensive X-rays under movement with a different consultant and this is the best thing for him in the short term.
‘I know it sounds long-term, the season, but it’s not.
‘He is still a young lad and it’s the best thing for him in the short-term to ensure he is able to be more robust moving forward to train and progress his game the way he wants to. He has just got some wear and tear issues around his socket and a little bone that needs shaving off and cleaning up.
‘My understanding is there are three procedures you can have on your hip of this nature. One is this, which is the least invasive. Then you can have a metal resurfacing and then you can have a hip replacement, so I guess this is the better of lesser evils.’
Curry also missed the 2023 Six Nations and World Cup warm-ups with different injuries.
He returned to feature at the tournament in France but was sent off against Argentina and then found himself at the centre of a racism storm involving South Africa’s Bongi Mbonambi.
‘I was more upset than he was,’ Sanderson said of Curry’s latest fitness blow.
‘I’m sure there will be ebbs and flows over the next four or five months and I hope to be part of that journey with him as we get him back to where he needs to be. This is by no means the worst that could happen and he is very positive about getting back in a Sale shirt.’
Curry, 25, won his 50th cap in England’s World Cup bronze medal match against Argentina
Steve Borthwick will now have to assess his injured squad ahead of the Six Nations next year
Meanwhile, Curry’s international team-mate Ben Earl will be out for six to eight weeks after undergoing knee surgery but should be back in action to feature for England in the Six Nations.
The Saracens back-row was one of the star performers for Borthwick at the World Cup.
Earl was injured in the warm-up of Saracens’ win over London rivals Harlequins on Saturday but his club are relieved his lay-off won’t be as bad as first feared.
Saracens have lost centre Alex Lozowski to a long period on the sidelines after he suffered an anterior cruciate knee ligament injury against Harlequins.
‘Ben had a minor knee procedure this morning. It was his medial meniscus,’ said Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall. ‘We anticipate he’ll be out for between six to eight weeks.
‘I think overall it would be a good result. I think he will be playing in the month of January.
‘There are three or four games in the month of January so that would be ample time for Ben to get in (for the Six Nations). He’s had a busy time with a lot of minutes in August, September and October, so to have a six-week period not playing rugby might actually be good for him in the long run.
Curry alleged that South Africa’s Bongi Mbonambi called him a ‘white c***’ at the World Cup
England’s flanker reported the alleged comment to referee Ben O’Keeffe during the World Cup semi-final but the South Africa star was cleared over ‘insufficient evidence’ to prosecute
‘Unfortunately, Alex had an ACL injury at the weekend and he’ll be out for a lot longer. Alex will have an operation next Wednesday. It’s a real shame for him but it’s better news on Ben.
‘He (Lozowski) has been such a reliable good player for us since he arrived. I can’t remember the last time he was injured to be honest. To get an injury is never easy. As far as I know it’s a clean an ACL injury as you can get which can impact how quickly you come back.’
Another England player in Elliot Daly is back in full training with Saracens after he pulled out of the Harlequins game as a precaution.
Val Rapava-Ruskin, the Gloucester prop, has suffered a ‘devastating blow’ in his bid to break into the England squad with knee surgery ruling him out of Six Nations consideration.
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