Sean O'Loughlin ruled out of England's Autumn International against France

Last Updated: 29/10/12 4:46pm

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Sean O'Loughlin: To miss England's game with France due to a hamstring strain

Sean O'Loughlin: To miss England's game with France due to a hamstring strain

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Loose forward Sean O'Loughlin will miss England's Autumn International with France at New Craven Park on Saturday due to a hamstring strain.

The Wigan Warrior, who impressed in last weekend's 80-12 thumping of Wales in Wrexham, will be hoping to return for the final of the three-nation tournament on November 11.

England coach Steve McNamara is confident he has enough strength in depth in his squad to cope without O'Loughlin.

The likes of Liam Farrell, Luke Burgess and Ben Harrison all missed out against Wales and the ex-Bradford coach believes he currently has excellent competition for places.

"The injury to Sean means someone else will be given a chance to shine. We have a number of options."
Steve McNamara

"Unfortunately, Sean (O'Loughlin) will have to sit out the game on Saturday against France," said McNamara.

"We have monitored his injury over the weekend and will continue to do so this week. The main aim now is trying to get him fit for the final in a fortnight's time.

"The injury to Sean means someone else will be given a chance to shine. We have a number of options and some of the players who missed out against Wales will now be considered.

"We the quality of Liam Farrell, Luke Burgess and Ben Harrison who all sat on the sidelines against Wales. There is a healthy drive for competition within the squad and every player wants to play. It is a good position to be in."

McNamara is still monitoring the fitness of Wigan full-back Sam Tomkins, Castleford half-back Rangi Chase and Warrington utility player Stefan Ratchford.

Tomkins missed the end of the Super League season, as well as Saturday's opening international, with a knee injury while Chase picked up a groin injury on England's training camp in South Africa. Ratchford was not considered for the Wales game due to illness.

Chase was initially ruled out of the tournament but a second scan showed the injury was not as serious as first feared and he has reported back to the England camp in Loughborough.

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