I’m gutted - Lockers tells of Exiles blow

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SEAN O’Loughlin last night spoke of his disappointment after being ruled out of England’s match against the Exiles.

The 30-year-old loose forward has failed to recover from a knee injury which has forced him to miss the Warriors’ last two Super League games.

He was named in the squad last week but was yesterday told he would not be fit to play.

O’Loughlin’s representative career has been hampered by injury setbacks since his Test bow in 2004.

And he said: “I’m disappointed to miss out because I really wanted to represent my country.

“We’ve got a World Cup at the end of the year and, for me personally, there have been several times I’ve been injured in the past.

“I spoke to Steve McNamara about it last week when I was named in the squad and it was always going to be touch and go.”

On a positive note, his Wigan team-mate Sam Tomkins is fit to play, having missed Friday’s win against Widnes with an ankle problem.

He travelled to their Loughborough base yesterday with Liam Farrell, Lee Mossop and Josh Charnley.

Pat Richards and Harrison Hansen are in the Exiles squad.

“Sean has withdrawn from the squad because his recovery from a knee injury has been slower than expected,” said England’s chief medical officer, Dr Chris Brookes.

McNamara has decided not to call up a replacement for Friday’s match at Warrington and will instead finalise his line-up from a 19-man squad.