Rugby World Cup 2011
Wilkinson injury scare for England
October 1, 2011
Jonny Wilkinson endured a difficult night aganist Scotland © Getty Images
Jonny Wilkinson was taken for a scan on his right forearm today after England sealed their place in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals with a 16-12 victory over Scotland.
Wilkinson appeared to be in immediate pain after suffering a blow to the arm in a tackle and he was replaced five minutes from time. The England management have said there will be no medical updates until Sunday.
England will also be sweating over a potential citing for wing Delon Armitage, who caught Chris Paterson with a high tackle.
Wilkinson is the second high-profile fly-half to suffer an injury scare today, after New Zealand's Dan Carter pulled out of the All Blacks' game against Canada with a groin injury. There are fears in New Zealand that Carter could miss the rest of the tournament - and England will be praying that fate does not befall Wilkinson despite his performance against Scotland.
The Toulon fly-half endured another nightmare day with the boot, missing four penalties and two drop-goals as England found themselves 12-3 down and facing the prospect of World Cup elimination. Wilkinson failed with three shots within six first-half minutes and he has now missed 11 out of his 20 place kicks so far this World Cup, the worst record of any player in the tournament.
But it was a Wilkinson penalty and a drop-goal that brought England back to within touching distance. The victory was sealed by a Chris Ashton try three minutes from time after a flourish from Toby Flood, who had taken over the fly-half duties from Wilkinson.
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