News in Brief
Vickery goes under the knife
November 6, 2009
Wasps and England star Phil Vickery is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines
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- England and Wasps prop Phil Vickery has undergone successful surgery on a neck injury.
After an initial recovery period, the 33-year old will return to his Premiership club to begin his rehabilitation which is expected to last in excess of three months.
The British & Irish Lions international, capped 73 times by England, aggravated the long-standing injury during his club's European Challenge Cup clash with Racing Metro last month.
He was subsequently ruled out of this month's international clashes with Australia, Argentina and New Zealand and is also a doubt for the 2010 Six Nations Championship.
- Sale coach Jason Robinson has spoken of centre Mathew Tait's disappointment at being overlooked for England's November Test series, despite a barrage of injuries hitting the squad.
"It is disappointing at the moment - he would have loved to have been involved," he said. "It has not worked out that way at this moment in time but he has just got to keep working. He is a very talented guy, there is no doubt about it, we all know that.
"He'll need to go up a level in order to get that England spot but he is well capable of it and he is certainly working hard at it. Hopefully he'll achieve that."
- Former Ireland fly-half Eric Elwood has emerged as an early contender to succeed Michael Bradley as Connacht boss at the end of the season. Bradley has announced that this will be his last at the Sportsground, potentially leaving the door open to his assistant and Connacht stalwart Elwood.
"Eric has a very good coaching CV," Gerry Kelly, Connacht chief executive, told BBC Sport. "He would be very acceptable in the Connacht region but we have a process to go through and all options will be considered."
- Bath lock Danny Grewcock has been cited for striking Saracens scrum-half Neil de Kock during their Guinness Premiership meeting at the Recreation Ground on October 31.