Strettle’s on sidelines

England wing David Strettle has been ruled out of the World Cup with a broken bone in his left foot.

Strettle suffered the injury training at England’s University of Bath base on Tuesday and will have a screw inserted into the fractured fifth metatarsal in his left foot in London later on Thursday. He will be out of the game for 12 weeks.

“On behalf of the squad I feel desperately sorry for David as, like many others, I am sure he would have made a huge contribution to our World Cup campaign,” coach Brian Ashton said.

“The England medical team will be in regular contact with their counterparts at Harlequins and I look forward to seeing David playing again in the not too distant future.”

Ashton will name his 30-man squad next Tuesday.