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England's Owen Farrell ruled out of Six Nations

A knee ligament injury has ruled Owen Farrell out of England's Six Nations campaign.

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Owen Farrell will miss the whole of England's Six Nations campaign after sustaining a knee ligament strain, it has been confirmed.

The Saracens fly-half picked up the injury during Saracens' European Champions Cup defeat at Clermont on a nightmare weekend for national coach Stuart Lancaster, who also saw Geoff Parling (knee), Brad Barritt (knee), Tom Wood (ankle) and Kyle Eastmond (shoulder) require treatment.

Farrell was one of four fly-halves selected by Lancaster for his pre-tournament training squad, with George Ford, Danny Cipriani and Stephen Myler also involved, so the England coach is unlikely to call up a replacement number 10.

"It's a real shame for Owen that he sustained this injury and we wish him the best for his recovery," he said. "We are fortunate to have three other number 10s in the squad in what is a very competitive position and we will look forward to seeing how they go over the RBS Six Nations.

"We will continue to assess and treat the other players' injuries and will provide an update at the launch tomorrow [Wednesday]."

England's tournament gets under way against Wales in Cardiff on February 6.

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