REFEREE Steve Walsh will miss the England v France Six Nations match next Saturday due to a knee injury.
The New Zealand-born whistler, who now plies his trade out of Australia, has been withdrawn from the Twickenham showdown to concentrate on his rehabilitation from a cartilage injury.
Walsh is now back in full training, but has been replaced by Ireland’s George Clancy.
However, with the World Cup rapidly approaching, he will be given a further opportunity of time in the middle during the Six Nations.
He will replace Ireland’s Alain Rolland for the Scotland v Italy fixture at Murrayfield on March 19.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.