Jonny Wilkinson ruled out of Autumn internationals with injury
Jonny Wilkinson has been ruled out of England's autumn international campaign with a shoulder injury.
The Toulon fly-half has been formally replaced in Martin Johnson's 32-man elite squad by Sale's Charlie Hodgson.
Wilkinson does not require surgery but the Rugby Football Union confirmed he will be out of action for around four weeks.
Wilkinson saw a specialist on Tuesday after reporting to England's training camp with a shoulder problem sustained in Toulon's defeat to Stade Francais on Saturday night.
England always knew he was doubtful for the New Zealand game on November 6 but it became apparent over the last 48 hours that Wilkinson would be sidelined for the whole Investec series.
Johnson said: "Jonny was being assessed day by day and we knew we would have a better idea of where he was in terms of the injury by the end of this week.
"It's clear that Jonny will need a period of rehab of around four weeks and this will be carried out in conjunction with Toulon."
Wilkinson lost his place as England's starting fly-half at the end of last year's Six Nations but he remained a key figure in Johnson's squad.
Toby Flood is now certain to start against the All Blacks with Hodgson set to be named in a Test squad for the first time since the 2008 summer tour of New Zealand.
England's team to face to the All Blacks is beginning to take shape.
Johnson's decision to release Tim Payne and Paul Doran-Jones back to their clubs this weekend points to Andrew Sheridan and Dan Cole as the starting props, with David Wilson providing back-up from the bench now he has beaten a back problem.
With Riki Flutey still sidelined by a calf injury, Mike Tindall and Shontayne Hape are set to continue their midfield partnership, though Matt Banahan has a chance to stake his claim for a place on the bench when he plays at outside centre for Bath at Harlequins.
Banahan will line up alongside England captain Lewis Moody, who persuaded Johnson to let him play at The Stoop on Sunday before tackling the All Blacks.
Moody has not played since suffering an eye injury against Gloucester on October 1 that left him blind for 24 hours and fearing for his sight.
Payne starts for Wasps at Leeds alongside flanker Joe Worsley, centre Dominic Waldouck and lock Dan Ward-Smith who were all released by England earlier in the week.
Board creates magnetic field to achieve lift
Singer says the track was 'force-fed down people's throats'
Endangered species spotted in a creek in the Qinling mountains
Trend which requires crisps, a fork and a strong stomach is sweeping Mexico's streets
George Lucas criticises the major Hollywood film studios
Film follows park rangers in the Congo
Does Chris Grayling realise what a vague concept he is dealing with?
Luis Suarez: Lionel Messi is better than Cristiano Ronaldo
Indian footballer Peter Biaksangzuala dies from spine injury after doing somersault celebration
Arsenal vs Hull: Gary Lineker and Piers Morgan lead criticism of Arsene Wenger after 'uncomfortable' interview with Jacqui Oatley
Adel Taraabt criticism from QPR boss Harry Redknapp sparked by player walking out of team meeting prior to Liverpool game
West Brom vs Manchester United player ratings: Saido Berahino scores highest, whilst Marcos Rojo scores lowest
- 3 Drink alcohol and eat meat to improve male fertility - but cut down on coffee, studies suggest
Cameron is warned 'no possibility' of UK reducing immigration and that bid to bring in quota on migrant workers would be illegal
Residents should throw a street party and mix with immigrant neighbours, councils told
Russell Brand threatened with arrest after filming outside Fox News headquarters
Amal Alamuddin calls for the return of the Elgin Marbles from Britain: 'Injustice has persisted for too long'
London bus driver 'kicks gay couple off for kissing'
Lord Freud: Tory welfare minister apologises after saying disabled people are 'not worth’ the minimum wage