Exeter Chiefs winger Jack Nowell has been ruled out of this summer’s England tour to New Zealand after it emerged he will undergo knee surgery. A shoulder injury will also be assessed.
Nowell, who started every one of England’s Six Nations matches this year, is expected to be back for the beginning of the 2014/2015 domestic season. England play three tests against the All Blacks and one tour match against the Crusaders this summer, starting on 7th June.
It is an untimely blow for Stuart Lancaster, who has already had his wing options decimated over the past year. Christian Wade has missed the majority of the season, while Marland Yarde has also only recently returned from injury.
Wade is unlikely to make the New Zealand tour, but barring any further injury Yarde will do. Lancaster’s other options are Jonny May, who also started every single Six Nations game, Chris Ashton and Anthony Watson. Other more left field options include a recall for David Strettle or Charlie Sharples, Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni or Wasps’ Tom Varndell.
With Nowell out, which wingers do you want to see travel as part of the England squad to New Zealand?
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