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  Monday, 22 October, 2001, 16:22 GMT 17:22 UK
Dawson faces anxious wait
Matt Dawson is treated on the pitch on Saturday
Dawson is treated on the pitch on Saturday
England captain Matt Dawson will have to wait until the end of the week to learn how long he is likely be out with a hamstring injury.

Dawson limped out of the Six Nations defeat by Ireland on Saturday and remains a serious doubt for the autumn internationals against Australia, Romania and South Africa.

"The physio had a look at it this morning, but at this stage it's too early to say," Dawson told BBC Sport Online on Monday.

"This is my third muscle tear in a relatively short period, so I need to take a look at why it's happening, rather than rushing back.


There's something very special and very elusive about going for the Grand Slam
Matt Dawson
"I could be out for as little as two weeks or as long as six, but I've got to look at the long-term and get things right.

"It would be great to get back for the Australia game, but if I can't there's Romania, or South Africa, then important games for Northampton and the start of the next Six Nations.

"I won't be rushing it."

England physio Phil Pask also works with Northampton and will be monitoring Dawson's progress.

Scrum-half Dawson revealed that the mood was good in the England camp despite the failure to secure the Grand Slam in Dublin.

England coach Clive Woodward with his captain Matt Dawson
Woodward and Dawson will talk the game over
"Obviously we were all disappointed. There's something very special and very elusive about going for the Grand Slam," he said.

"But we had a few beers in Dublin on Saturday night and we won't be brooding over the defeat.

"We'll have a look at the video with Clive Woodward when we get together next time. Clive is as disappointed as we are, but he is doing the right thing.

"There isn't anything glaringly obvious that we haven't done. But we've got to learn to play to our potential.

"On the day we made some unforced errors, sometimes because we were over-eager. I can't fault the players for effort, both on the day and in training during the week.

"The great thing about playing the Ireland game in October is that we can bounce straight back by beating the world champions, Australia."


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