QBE Internationals: England lock Geoff Parling out of Australia clash

Last Updated: 30/10/13 9:26am

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Geoff Parling: England lock out of Australia clash

Geoff Parling: England lock out of Australia clash

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England second row Geoff Parling has been ruled out of Saturday's clash with Australia with concussion.

Parling was hurt during a contact session at the squad's Pennyhill Park training base on Tuesday afternoon.

The Leicester star, who impressed on the British & Irish Lions tour of Australia in the summer, will have to undergo the recommended graduated return to play protocol before rejoining training.

England head coach Stuart Lancaster said: "Geoff will be unavailable for Saturday's game but will stay in camp with a view to returning to training next week."

Parling had been competing for a starting spot with Wasps' Joe Launchbury and Northampton's Courtney Lawes. Launchbury and Lawes now look certain to be named in the starting XV - which Lancaster will name on Thursday.

Dave Attwood, only back from a rib injury last week, is in line to provide bench cover.

Northampton prop Alex Corbisiero is also out of the game with a knee injury but he is also expected to be available for the match with Argentina.

Watch England take on Australia this Saturday. Coverage starts on Sky 3D and Sky Sports 2 HD from 1:30pm.

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