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The New Zealand-born whistler, who now plies his trade out of Australia, has been withdrawn from the Twickenham showdown to concentrate on his rehabilitation from a cartilage injury.
Walsh is now back in full training, but has been replaced by Ireland’s George Clancy.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.
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Pressure is on Benji, but shouldn't we remember SBW went to France (Toulon) for 2 years to learn the game.
With all of the news around concussion do you think there should be safety measures in place for players to ensure they don't play on after a head know? How and who should police that?
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