George Kruis ruled out of Six Nations with knee injury

George Kruis of Saracens catches the ball during the Aviva Premiership match between Saracens and Harlequins at Wembley Stadium on March 22, 2014
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England lock George Kruis will miss the entire Six Nations campaign having been told that he needs surgery on knee ligament damage.

England lock George Kruis has been ruled out for the remainder of the Six Nations due to a knee injury.

The 26-year-old missed the opening match of England's defence - a narrow 19-16 win over France - having sustained knee ligament damage earlier this week.

The Saracens forward will now undergo surgery on the problem which will keep him out for up to 12 weeks, also putting his British and Irish Lions hopes in jeopardy.

"George will undergo surgery on Tuesday for a knee ligament injury sustained in training earlier in the week," read a statement from the Rugby Football Union.

"It is expected that the second row will require a 10-12 week rehabilitation period."

Joe Launchbury replaced Kruis alongside Courtney Lawes for the win over France.

Joe Launchbury looks on during the England training session at Pennyhill Park on November 12, 2013
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