Dorset have named a new number of their players for tomorrow’s Test against the West Indies after captain James Daley was ruled out for six weeks with a hamstring injury.
James Daley has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations Six Nations tour opener with a leg injury, according to the BBC’s Richard Conway.
Daley, who is currently recovering from a hamstring strain, was the highest-profile casualty of the England squad that beat France and Wales in their two Tests at Twickenham.
His absence means that England have lost the two top-ranked Test sides in the series and their top scorer, Harry James, is in doubt with the shoulder injury he picked up against France.
The news will come as a huge blow to the England attack, which has scored only two tries in the past three games against the hosts, with James Dally’s replacement Jack Butland struggling to make an impact.
The 23-year-old is a favourite to take the place of Daley at the start of the Six Nations, having impressed during the first Test at Twickham with two tries.
Dally is also expected to be available for selection at the same time, having recovered from the hamstring injury he suffered in the previous match against France, with his availability being ruled out until he recovers from the illness.
Dyson Heppell has been named as a replacement, while the club have also confirmed the absence of Joe Marler, who was injured in the warm-up match.
The team’s injury list will also be changed, with the inclusion of Sam Warburton, who missed the match against Wales with a knee injury.
England coach Eddie Jones said: “It’s a very disappointing day for our boys.
We’re going to miss them.
It’s a huge disappointment for them, especially with the way we’ve played in the last couple of weeks.”