UK stars to miss end-of-year Tests

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by AFP & Beth Newman

Two big name UK stars will be absent when the Wallabies travel north for their Spring Tour next month.

England centre Ben Teo has been ruled out for ‘at least a month’ with an ankle injury he suffered playing for Worcester in their European Challenge Cup win against Brive.

Warriors coach Carl Hogg revealed on Tuesday that Te'o had sustained a high ankle sprain in that clash.

"Ben's unfortunately got a syndesmosis injury of his ankle. He's being assessed currently and will head back down to Cardiff on Monday to see whether he'll go down a surgical route or whether it'll be managed conservatively," Hogg said.

"He's expected to be out for at least a month, but we'll find out more next week once the swelling has settled down and it'll give us a better idea of time-frames."

George North silenced his critics in Cardiff. Photo: Getty ImagesThe news is just as bad for Wales star winger George North, ruled out for 6-8 weeks with a posterior cruciate ligament injury.

 The 25-year-old suffered the injury in the humiliating 57-13 thrashing by two-time European champions Saracens in their opening Champions Cup clash last Sunday.

"George North suffered a sprain to his posterior cruciate ligament against Saracens which will require 6-8 weeks rehabilitation," a statement issued by Northampton said.

North, capped 69 times, has become increasingly prone to injuries with the latest coming after he insisted on playing on after receiving treatment following a crashing tackle by Brad Barritt before collapsing to the ground in a subsequent attack. 

Wales coach Warren Gatland is due to name his squad for the four Tests on October 24.

His side face the Wallabies on November 11th, Georgia a week later, world champions the All Blacks on November 25, and round off their packed programme against South Africa on December 2.