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    Hooker Thompson to miss World Cup



    http://news.bbc.co.uk/sport1/hi/rugby_union/english/6382179. stm



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    <DIV></DIV></TD></TR></T></T></TABLE><!- E IIMA -><!- S SF ->England hooker Steve Thompson will miss the World Cup after learning he requires surgery next week to try to repair his damaged neck.


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    #2
    that's tough for him. Hope he recovers well.

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      #3
      Stephen Jones will be in mourning for a month.

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        #4
        I always thought that helooked perfect to play Bill Sykes in a production of Oliver Twist.
        Unrepentant Langer

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          #5
          Poor devil.





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            #6
            This the guy Fla had a go off of last year ?
            "I've got lots of potatos that need peeling and manure that needs shovelling" -M. Burns

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              #7


              Originally posted by SkullinPints
              This the guy Fla had a go off of last year ?

              The very same man
              Unrepentant Langer

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                #8





                What a shame for the player - I think he was meant to be joining Castres or Agen next season too.
                New infraction avoidance policy: a post may be described as imbecilic, but its author should never be described as an imbecile.

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                  #9
                  apparently he may never play again- he's been warned by a neurologist

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                    #10
                    Originally posted by Old Dog





                    What a shame for the player - I think he was meant to be joining Castres or Agen next season too.


                    There was talks about a move to Brive.

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                      #11
                      the move to Brive is off

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                        #12


                        Shame for the lad, he had seemed to have gotten rid of his lineout demons as well. Was a classbig carrier and scrummager however he always struggled badly with the darts.


                        Hope he gets through this.

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                          #13
                          according to the Daily Telegraph

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                            #14








                            I'M TRYING TO HOLD BACK THE TEARS HERE - NEVER LIKED HIM. POC winding him up in Twickenham and pinching his ball all day was classic!

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                              #15
                              From DailyMail.co.uk

                              His career after being advised by a neurosurgeon that he risks
                              permanant disability if he attempts a comeback.

                              The 28-year-old will undergo surgery next week on a neck injury
                              which has already ruled him out of the RBS 6 Nations.

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                              Thompson has a disc problem in his neck which creates a loss of
                              feeling down one arm. If he is forced to retire he would become the
                              second member of England's World Cup-winning front row to be
                              driven into premature retirement.

                              Trevor Woodman, one of Thompson's props throughout the World
                              Cup campaign in Australia, was forced to quit at 29 because of a
                              chronic back condition.

                              Thompson, the world's No 1 hooker three years ago, is 28. England
                              had planned on his formidable physical presence for their defence of
                              the World Cup in France come September.

                              Now there is growing concern over whether Thompson will be able to
                              play again, never mind at Test level.

                              "He has been told that it is a serious injury," a Northampton official
                              said. "He has also been told that it will be very risky for him to play
                              again. A series of scans have been done and we have sent him to
                              see a neurologist.

                              "Steve has been instructed not to do anything for eight weeks and
                              that it will be re-assessed then. It will be a great tragedy if he has to
                              hang his boots up." Thompson, 6ft 2in and 18 stone, a giant in every
                              sense, leapt into the team five years ago over a clutch of older
                              hookers, Mark Regan, Phil Greening and Dorian West, and took part
                              in an incredible run of 25 wins in 26 Tests over the next two years.

                              His subsequent decline mirrored England's. The post-World Cup
                              depression, exacerbated in Thompson's case by his valiant attempts
                              to play through it when others were taking a break, affected his form
                              and, ultimately, undermined his love of the sport.

                              At his lowest ebb, Thompson considered turning his back on
                              professional rugby and joining the police force until friends
                              persuaded him otherwise.

                              Dropped after England hit rock-bottom against France in Paris last
                              year and refreshed after a summer break, he had virtually played
                              himself back in for the start of the Six Nations after helping his club
                              reach the last eight of the European Cup.

                              Instead of naming Thompson for his 48th cap against Scotland at
                              Twickenham barely three weeks ago, England announced he would
                              take no part in the tournament. His withdrawal followed consultations
                              with specialists over what was described as a cervical disc injury.

                              The gravity of his condition has been reinforced by the collapse of
                              the player's proposed move to France next season. Brive, who had
                              offered Thompson a fat contract to play in Le Championnat, are
                              understood to have pulled out of the deal on medical grounds.

                              Thompson, who has admitted there was "some truth" in the French
                              offer, was unavailable ON Tuesday. When he withdrew from the Six
                              Nations on January 29, he said: "I am hoping the rest will ensure I
                              can return for Northampton as soon as possible."

                              The front-row trio who provided the foundation for that world-beating
                              night in Sydney stayed in harness for just another four months
                              before Woodman became the first casualty.

                              He is now purusing a new l

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