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Nathan Earle's season and World Cup England chances almost certainly over

Harlequins today confirmed that winger Nathan Earle ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament during last Saturday’s match against Northampton Saints.

He has been reviewed by Harlequins’ consultant knee specialist and will undergo reconstructive surgery next week.

In his first season with the club Nathan has played an integral role in delivering winning performances on the pitch, which have seen the team rise to fourth in the Gallagher Premiership and secure a first semi-final appearance in three years in the European Rugby Challenge Cup.

With 23 appearances under his belt and eleven tries, including a brace in the hard-fought win over Exeter Chiefs at the end of November, Nathan has already become a firm fan favourite with The Stoop crowd.

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An update on his recovery will be provided in due course.

Head of Rugby Paul Gustard commented: “We are very disappointed to lose Nathan for the rest of this season and beyond. He has been one of our stand out players this year and cemented his position at the Club with his endeavour, ball carrying, defensive work rate and of course excellent try scoring, which has contributed to his repeated inclusion in Eddie Jones’ training squads.

“Nathan has demonstrated throughout the season his desire to compete and improve and we have been delighted as a coaching group with his aptitude and attitude to want to get better. We know Nathan will use this time to grow as a human being and develop his game further.

“As a Club we will do our utmost to ensure we provide the best medical care and support the athlete as well as the person in his rehabilitation.

“We wish him well in his recovery and I am sure all our fans will look forward to seeing him back in action in the quarters next season.”

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Nathan Earle's season and World Cup England chances almost certainly over