Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

Heather Diaz
November 10, 2018

"Tom Curry is not available this week and he'll be ruled out for the rest of the series as well", said England forwards coach Steve Borthwick.

Tom Curry has been ruled out of Saturday's Test against New Zealand and the remainder of England's autumn internationals with a "serious" ankle injury.

"It feels like a long journey to get back so it was quite a proud moment for me to get back out there".

Afterwards, England coach Eddie Jones was under the impression the All Blacks would have been at their base near Teddington "drinking cups of tea, maybe having some scones, saying "oh, we'll take these guys".

Borthwick added centre Manu Tuilagi and lock Courtney Lawes were training again after respective groin and back complaints, and available to play the All Blacks this Saturday at Twickenham.

"He's got a tremendous work ethic, Eddie; he does a lot of homework and through that he will have identified some areas he'll want to try to target", Hansen said.

"They've used that smartly".

"You don't ring people up you don't like, just because they are doing the same job as you".

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Asked if Jones would be under the greater pressure given England's poor record this year, Hansen told Sky Sports: "There's a lot of pressure there, all the time, whether you're winning or losing".

"So it probably indicates I like him and he might like me; I don't know". It's just in a different wrapper.

"The bottom line is we talk, our wives talk, and that's not surprising".

"I don't think they played too much attention to it".

"And looking from afar, I think he's doing a pretty good job".

Instead, they were at the ground, a neat little tactic which may or may not give them an advantage ahead of their first meeting with England in four years, but one which at least suggests they and the team's management can occasionally play their cards close to their chests.

The All Blacks are the favourites for Saturday's encounter but Hansen described his respect for England and for their coach.

"If you're good enough to take that away from them then you've got to be good enough to score points. So it makes them a good side".

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