Easter injury not caused by bungee jump
September 20, 2011
Easter started England's opening RWC match against Argentina © Getty Images
Nick Easter did not injure his back doing a 134-metre bungee jump, the England management have confirmed.
The Harlequins No.8 pulled out of England's 41-10 victory over Georgia and Thomas Waldrom has been called to New Zealand as "temporary cover".
Easter took the daredevil plunge over the Nevis River in Queenstown last week and there was speculation he may have ricked his back in the process. But England have confirmed Easter trained through last week and it was only on Saturday, the day before the Georgia game, that he began to feel a tightness developing.
The England medics decided not to take any risks and pulled him out of the match, which James Haskell started in his place. Waldrom is on his way to Dunedin, although he will not be able to link up with the squad in any official capacity unless he becomes a permanent replacement.
England are also monitoring prop Matt Stevens, who suffered a sprained ankle against Georgia but is said to be improving. Alex Corbisiero (calf) and Ben Foden (side) are not major injury concerns and Chris Ashton took a full part in training after hurting his elbow in the act of scoring his second try on Sunday.
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