Aviva Premiership

Williams blow for England and Tigers

Mike Williams has become the latest player to be ruled out of England's autumn internationals after the Leicester Tigers flanker broke his arm for a third time.

England head coach Eddie Jones has already lost a host of players ahead of the clashes with South Africa, Fiji and Argentina next month, as well as a Test against Australia on December 3.

Williams will play no part in those encounters at Twickenham, as he faces up to 12 weeks on the sidelines as a result of an injury sustained in a tackle drill with club team-mate Matt Toomua ahead of the victory over Worcester Warriors on Saturday.

Tigers director of rugby Richard Cockerill said: "Mike felt he had done something but thought it was just a bang, but the medical guys looked at it and Mike was pulled out before the kick off.

"He is in a cast and will take some specialist advice. But it looks like eight to 12 weeks out – not four to six because of the history of the injury."

He added: "Mike is bitterly disappointed. You would have thought that had he continued the way he has been doing for the last couple of weeks he would have had a chance to play for England."