England flanker Curry out of November tests with ankle injury

Tuilagi in action against the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2014

Tuilagi in action against the All Blacks in Dunedin in 2014

Jones is not expecting to be able to call on back-row Curry, who limped off early in the second half last weekend with an ankle injury.

England flanker Tom Curry has been ruled out of the three remaining November internationals due to an ankle injury, forwards coach Steve Borthwick said on Tuesday.

Flanker Tom Curry looks set to miss this Saturday's autumn worldwide against New Zealand after being taken to hospital for a scan on his injured ankle.

But the Leicester centre has trained fully this week and is expected to be re-selected as a replacement when Eddie Jones names his team on Thursday.

Tom Curry goes off injured during global against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United Kingdom.

England, however, go into the game on a positive note after a second successive victory over South Africa where the absence of a host of first-choice players was a blessing in disguise for Jones as several of the stand-ins showed they had what it takes.

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"He's got a fantastic future ahead of him", Borthwick said. "I know that with his attitude he'll come back in even better shape than he is now".

Two years ago the world was desperate to see the two top-ranked teams meet but since England's slide into five successive defeats it is next week's Ireland versus New Zealand encounter that pits numbers one and two against each other.

The outlook on Courtney Lawes' back injury is similar to Tuilagi with Jones hopeful he will be available for Saturday after being ruled out against South Africa.

With Curry unavailable, England are likely to turn to another rookie flanker against New Zealand in the form of Bath's Underhill.

"Sam is an excellent player, a really tough defender who hits hard", Borthwick said. It was great to see him running around today.

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