Joe Launchbury: Wasps captain ruled out of British and Irish Lions tour due to injury

Joe Launchbury has been ruled out of the British and Irish Lions’ tour of South Africa after scans confirmed he suffered a cruciate ligament injury during Wasps’ win over Bath.

Launchbury took a blow to his left knee before half-time in Sunday’s Premiership and had to be helped from the pitch.

Wasps director of rugby Lee Blackett said post-match that he expected his captain to be sidelined for a lengthy period and scans have confirmed his fears.

“Joe Launchbury sustained a complete rupture of his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) during Sunday’s game against Bath Rugby,” Wasps said in a statement.

“He has had a consultation with a knee specialist, who has confirmed that he will require surgery.

“Everyone at Wasps wishes Joe all the best for a speedy recovery.”

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