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Winger Raynor to miss World Cup

Gareth Raynor
Raynor has scored just five tries in 21 Super League appearances this season

England winger Gareth Raynor will miss the World Cup after being told he needs a minor toe operation.

The Hull FC player hoped an injection would solve the problem but the injury failed to respond to treatment.

Raynor, with five Super League tries this season, is the latest player to pull out of England's train-on squad ahead of the tournament in Australia.

Coach Tony Smith is already without Jon Clarke, Sam Burgess, Terry Newton, Paul Deacon, Andy Lynch and Sean O'Loughlin.

Smith is due to announce his squad for the World Cup after the Super League Grand Final, which takes place on 4 October.

England start their campaign against Papua New Guinea on 25 October before taking on the hosts and New Zealand.

see also
England train-on squad in photos
08 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Deacon pulls out of England squad
20 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Injured Clarke out of World Cup
14 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Burgess to miss rest of campaign
31 Jul 08 |  Bradford
O'Loughlin to sit out World Cup
04 Sep 08 |  Rugby League
Smith handed British citizenship
07 Sep 08 |  Rugby League

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