Tom Curry ruled out of autumn series with 'serious' ankle injury

Springboks fans are some of the most passionate in the world

Springboks fans are some of the most passionate in the world

Tom Curry has been ruled out of the remainder of England's autumn series with an ankle injury the Sale flanker sustained against South Africa.

The 34-year-old Australian overshadowed the gritty but flawed battle at Twickenham with his handling of English flyhalf Owen Farrell's shoulder charge on Bok centre Andre Esterhuizen.

We lost a few games but we played tough today and we won.

The hit was described as a "good solid tackle" by England coach Eddie Jones but appeared to divide opinion in the rugby world, and not just on nationality lines.

The Saracens ace booted the ball through the middle of the posts from wide on the left with just seven minutes to go, handing England a crucial win ahead of next week's highly-anticipated clash with New Zealand.

"You can get cited for something you did at a party when you were 15, anything could happen. I think everyone's been looking forward to the game". "The most important thing is what we do next".

"I don't understand this guys".

'It's like everything - when you're selecting a national team, there's a whole lot of good players that don't quite make it.

The African minnows also sit on a 12-game streak, having racked up their tries in wins over Tunisia, Zimbabwe, Uganda, Kenya (two each), Morocco and Senegal, and in two losses to Uruguay.

'But look, it's an issue I don't really want to talk about.

"He injured his ankle but beyond that we don't know how long, but for the next three Test matches he'll be unavailable for us - everybody else is available for selection".

And Jones was delighted by the way his team restricted the Springboks to a solitary try from wing Sbu Nkosi, even if they scored none of their own with fullback Elliot Daly adding a long-range penalty to Farrell's trio. "We didn't give", Jones said.

"To beat the New Zealanders you've got to be unbelievably disciplined", he said. "It'll be a proper game of rugby". We won't be wearing singlets and running shorts out there.

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