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Dislocated thumb could rule Courtney Lawes out of England’s Australia tour

Courtney Lawes could be a doubt for England’s summer tour of Australia after suffering a dislocated thumb.

Lawes, who captained England for part of the Guinness Six Nations Championship this season, was injured in Northampton’s European Challenge Cup defeat to Gloucester last weekend.

Saints Rugby Director Chris Boyd ruled Lawes out of the Gallagher Premiership trip to Bath on Saturday, with further medical advice required.

Northampton are pushing for a play-off spot and have four games left in their regular season campaign. The Bath match is followed by fixtures with Harlequins, Saracens and Newcastle.

England, meanwhile, will face Australia in a three-Test series which begins on July 2.

“Courtney had a complex thumb dislocation, which was quite nasty,” Boyd told several national newspapers.

“The bone actually came out, but it either came back or was put back in place, and it was irrigated and stitched up.

“He still has medical decisions to make regarding the skeletal function of the thumb and the condition of the muscles and ligaments.

“All I can say clearly, until we have a medical opinion, is that he will not play on Saturday. He needs a specialist consultation to decide what the best course of action is.

Dislocated thumb could rule Courtney Lawes out of England’s Australia tour

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