Head injury rules Monye out of improving England’s final Test


ENGLAND coach Stuart Lancaster confirmed Harlequins winger Ugo Monye is unlikely to be available for Saturday’s third and final Test in South Africa after being knocked unconscious in last night’s difficult win against Northern Barbarians.

A hat-trick from Nick Abendanon, two tries from Jonny May and further scores from Ben Morgan and Anthony Allen inspired England’s victory as Charlie Hodgson’s accuracy with the boot ensured their efforts did not go to waste in Potchefstroom.

“Ugo was knocked out during the tackle,” said Lancaster, whose attention will turn to England’s final fixture on Saturday.

“He was taken to hospital but he has come round and he is fine, albeit a bit groggy. He will go through the concussion protocols and he will struggle to be fit for Saturday.

“We wanted to improve on the quality of the performance we put in last week. I thought there was a better intensity and shape about what we did.

“I thought the boys adapted to the conditions better, [and] it was good for the boys in the stand as well.”

As well as seven conversions and a penalty from fly-half Hodgson, England were awarded a late penalty try.