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Jack Nowell to miss England's summer tour of New Zealand

Jack Nowell is ruled out of England's summer tour to New Zealand in order to undergo knee surgery.

England winger Jack Nowell has been ruled out of the team's summer tour to New Zealand in order to undergo knee surgery.

The 21-year-old, who plays his club rugby for Exeter Chiefs, will also have a shoulder injury assessed ahead of the new season.

Nowell started all five of England's games in this year's Six Nations, with his senior international debut coming in an opening-weekend defeat to France.

The youngster's absence could see a return to the squad for Chris Ashton, who has been frozen out of the England setup during the past 12 months.

England get their three-Test series against the All Blacks underway in Auckland on June 7.

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Stuart Lancaster, the England head coach looks on during the England captain's run at Twickenham Stadium on November 8, 2013
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