15 Sep 2011

Sheridan and Skrela among casualties as injuries mount

6:26 am on 15 September 2011

It's not just Dan Carter missing for a game - two key players for England and France are out with injury for the whole Rugby World Cup, while Ireland are missing a hooker too.

England prop Andrew Sheridan and French first five David Skrela hobbled home yesterday along with Ireland's hooker Jerry Flannery, Sheridan the latest casualty of Saturday's brutal Pool B clash between England and Argentina while Skrela's World Cup ended following just 11 minutes of action against Japan.

Flannery tore a calf muscle in training on Tuesday.

England manager Martin Johnson already has four other props in his squad and is yet to call up a replacement for the powerful loosehead.

France coach Marc Lievremont does not have such riches, however, with only one fit No.10, with Francois Trinh-Duc the probable starter for the remaining Pool A matches.

Lievremont has called up uncapped Jean-Marc Doussain but the 20-year-old must first play for his club Toulouse against Biarritz this weekend.

Flannery's replacement Damien Varley is expected to arrive on Saturday, the same day the Irish tackle Australia at Eden Park.

England face Georgia on Sunday at Otago Stadium, while France play Canada in Napier the same day, before facing tournament favourites New Zealand on September 24th.