England in New Zealand 2014
Ford set to miss New Zealand tour
May 21, 2014
George Ford is set to miss England's tour of New Zealand © Getty Images
George Ford is set to miss England's tour of New Zealand with reports suggesting he requires shoulder surgery.
Widespread reports claim Ford will play in Friday's Amlin Challenge Cup final for Bath against Northampton and will then go under the knife. The injury was reportedly aggravated against Harlequins in their final game of the Aviva Premiership season on May 10.
The news will come as a bitter blow for Stuart Lancaster who is already without a host of players for that first Test against the All Blacks. With Owen Farrell and Stephen Myler both involved in the Premiership final on May 31, Ford, who has two England caps, was in pole position to start at fly-half on June 7. But with him now out injured, that opens the door for either Danny Cipriani or Freddie Burns to be handed the fly-half spot.
One other option could have been Billy Twelvetrees who has played for Gloucester at No.10 this season but he is recovering from an ankle injury and is a doubt for the first Test.
England's unavailable players:
Front-row: Dan Cole (Leicester, injured), Dylan Hartley (Saints), Tom Youngs (Leicester, personal reasons), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Jamie George (Saracens), Alex Corbisiero (Saints), David Paice (London Irish, likely to miss the tour due to injury)
Second-row: Courtney Lawes (Saints)
Back-row: Tom Croft (Leicester, rested), Tom Wood (Saints), Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Half-backs: Lee Dickson (Saints), Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Stephen Myler (Saints), George Ford (Bath, injured)
Centres: Luther Burrell (Saints), Brad Barritt (Saracens), Joel Tomkins (Saracens)
Back three: Jack Nowell (Exeter, injured), Christian Wade (Wasps, rested), Ben Foden (Saints), Alex Goode (Saracens), Chris Ashton (Saracens)
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