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England lose key figure ahead of New Zealand tour

INJURY UPDATE: England suffered a major setback with the news that experienced flyhalf George Ford will miss the upcoming tour to Japan and New Zealand.

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Ford has been ruled out of England’s tour because of an Achilles injury, the Rugby Football Union (RFU) announced on Sunday.

The 31-year-old started at flyhalf throughout this year’s Six Nations and completed the club season with Sale Sharks.

However, it has been decided he needs time to recover from the pre-existing condition.

“Naturally we’re disappointed that George won’t be with us in Japan and New Zealand, but, following specialist medical advice, and in consultation with George himself, we have decided this is the best course of action,” said England head coach Steve Borthwick.

“George is a big part of the England team and is an excellent professional who I know will rehab diligently to ensure he gets himself right as soon as he can.”

England face Japan in Tokyo on June 22 before heading to New Zealand to play two Tests against the All Blacks.

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