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Gloucester rugby star Johnny May out for a season

Credit: David Jones/PA

Gloucester Rugby have announced Jonny May will be out for the rest of the season to recover from surgery.

The winger sustained a knee injury playing against Harlequins at Twickenham, and underwent surgery this week to repair damage to a ligament injury in his left knee.

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England call up Burgess but drop Ford

Ford has given solid performances in early games of the tournament. Credit: David Davies/PA

It's hard to say which of the two decisions is the more controversial but England Head Coach, Stuart Lancaster, has decided to drop Bath fly-half George Ford to the bench for Saturday's world cup match against Wales and call-up Sam Burgess.

Ford has become the linchpin of England's back line in recent months - lauded for his attacking nous and creative vision. Yet he will be replaced in the starting XV by Owen Farrell for the crunch showdown at Twickenham.

Rumours of the move have received a media backlash in the last 24 hours after solid showings from Ford in the opening game against Fiji and the tournament warm-up games.

George Ford and Sam Burgess (right) at a training session. Credit: Andrew Matthews/PA Wire

Meanwhile, Ford's Bath team mate, rugby league convert Sam Burgess, will start at centre despite only having played 112 minutes of international rugby union.

The final change to the starting line-up sees Gloucester forward replaced at number eight by Billy Vunipola after he lost his battle to recover from a knee injury.

Jonny May and Anthony Watson retain their starting berths, while Ford is joined on the substitute bench by Rob Webber.

Slammin' Sam could start in England's team against Wales

England's Sam Burgess during the opening Rugby World Cup match at Twickenham Stadium Credit: PA: David Davies

Bath rugby player Sam Burgess could be in the starting line up for England's world cup match against Wales on Saturday (Sept 26th).

Burgess came on in England's opening game against Fiji and made an impressive impact against the physical side.

We caught up with Sam after the match.

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