Grewcock ruled out of World Cup

From Andrew Baldock,Pa Sport,Brisbane
Monday 03 November 2003 01:00

England have confirmed Danny Grewcock is out of the World Cup after sustaining a broken hand.

The Bath captain suffered the injury during the 111-13 victory over Uruguay yesterday and his worst fears were confirmed by the England medical team today after X-rays of the hand.

Wasps lock Simon Shaw, currently on his way to Australia, will officially replace Grewcock on his arrival Down Under tonight, UK time.

"Danny has broken his hand and Simon Shaw is on the way now," said England head coach Clive Woodward.

Shaw, who unluckily failed to secure a place in Woodward's 30-man England squad, was summoned yesterday.

"I would like to thank Warren Gatland (Wasps rugby director) and London Wasps for their full support over this situation," said Woodward.

It is the second injury misfortune that Grewcock has experienced in Australia.

He suffered a broken toe when an England colleague accidentally trod on his foot during the pre-match warm up before the Pool C opener against Georgia in Perth last month.

And the Uruguay game was Grewcock's first tournament appearance after recovering from that setback.

Woodward sent for Bath scrum-half Martyn Wood as cover earlier in the World Cup campaign while Matt Dawson and Kyran Bracken both battled injuries, but Wood returned home again after less than three days in Australia and did not officially join the squad.

The 30-year-old Shaw, who was first capped against Italy seven years ago, missed out behind Grewcock, Martin Johnson, Ben Kay and Martin Corry in Woodward's original squad.

At the time, Woodward described his omission as one of the toughest selection calls he has had to make during six years in charge of England.

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