Launchbury to miss QBE Internationals

Joe Launchbury will miss the QBE Internationals due to an on-going irritation to a nerve in his neck that is expected to be resolved with a rehabilitation period of between six and eight weeks.

Launchbury will remain at Wasps this week for treatment and rest as part of a joint programme between the club and England medical teams.


Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers) has been added to the England squad in Launchbury's place to prepare for Saturday’s QBE International against New Zealand at Twickenham Stadium (2.30pm, live on Sky Sports HD).


England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s obviously disappointing but it’s important for Joe, England and Wasps that he has the appropriate rest and recovery period and we are confident that he will be back in the New Year.”

England Squad  

Loose-head props
Joe Marler (Harlequins) 
Matt Mullan (Wasps)

Tight-head props
Kieran Brookes (Newcastle Falcons) 
Henry Thomas (Bath Rugby) 
David Wilson (Bath Rugby)

Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints) 
David Paice (London Irish) 
Rob Webber (Bath Rugby)

Dave Attwood (Bath Rugby) 
Graham Kitchener (Leicester Tigers)
George Kruis (Saracens) 
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)

Back rows
Calum Clark (Northampton Saints) 
James Haskell (Wasps) 
Ben Morgan (Gloucester Rugby) 
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, captain) 
Billy Vunipola (Saracens) 
Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Scrum halves
Danny Care (Harlequins) 
Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints) 
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) 
Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens)

Fly halves
Owen Farrell (Saracens) 
George Ford (Bath Rugby)

Brad Barritt (Saracens) 
Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby) 
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby) 
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs) 
Billy Twelvetrees (Gloucester Rugby)

Back threes
Mike Brown (Harlequins) 
Alex Goode (Saracens) 
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) 
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) 
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Marland Yarde (Harlequins)