17 Jun 2014

Farrell out of third Test

6:39 pm on 17 June 2014

England first five Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the third rugby Test against New Zealand on Saturday after straining the medial ligament in his left knee.

Farrell, who was a late arrival due to the English Premiership club final, played in the second Test at Dunedin, won 28-27 by the All Blacks to clinch an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series.

The England team say he'll remain with the squad until the end of their tour.

England coach Stuart Lancaster says it's disappointing but fortunately they have three other No.10s to call on and they'll make that selection call over the next few days.

Freddie Burns played in the 20-15 first-Test loss at Eden Park and was impressive filling Farrell's shoes, so he's likely to get the nod again from Lancaster to play at Waikato Stadium.