Wood out of England tour

Flanker admits he will not be ready for South Africa trip

Last Updated: 01/05/12 5:45pm

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Tom Wood: played only five games for Northampton this season

Tom Wood: played only five games for Northampton this season

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Northampton flanker Tom Wood has been ruled out of England's summer tour of South Africa.

Wood missed the whole of the Six Nations with a foot injury and having played just five games for Northampton this season, he has decided he is in no position to tour.

Wood had been the favourite to take over from Lewis Moody as England captain for the Six Nations but his injury meant Chris Robshaw was given the armband, and the Harlequins flanker has been a big hit.

"I have spoken to Stuart Lancaster," Wood said. "Having not played any rugby in the tail end of the season and not being fit to put my best foot forward for the Saints I can't go on that tour with any run of form or fitness.

"So I don't think that's a wise move at this stage and the lads have been going very well without me so I wish them the best of luck."

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