April 29, 2018 / 10:00 PM / 25 days ago

Rugby - England's Kruis ruled out of South Africa tour

LONDON (Reuters) - England lock George Kruis will miss this year’s tour of South Africa in order to undergo ankle surgery, Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall said on Sunday.

Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - England vs Ireland - Twickenham Stadium, London, Britain - March 17, 2018 England’s George Kruis in action with Ireland’s Iain Henderson REUTERS/Toby Melville

Kruis, 28, has won 25 England caps and played for the British and Irish Lions in the first test against New Zealand last year.

“He’s not going to tour,” McCall told BT Sport.

“He’s going to have surgery at the end of the season.”

England captain Dylan Hartley, centre Jonathan Joseph, winger Anthony Watson and forwards Courtney Lawes and Nathan Hughes have also been ruled out of the three tests against the Springboks in June.

Reporting by Ed Osmond, editing by Pritha Sarkar

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