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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 November 2005, 15:29 GMT
Deacon to undergo facial surgery
Great Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon
Great Britain scrum-half Paul Deacon will play no further part in the Tri-Nations after suffering a serious facial injury against New Zealand.

"He's in pretty bad shape," said Great Britain coach Brian Noble.

Deacon was due to have surgery on Sunday to repair the damage sustained in a collision with Nigel Vagana.

According to Noble, the Bradford Bulls player has fractured the roof of his mouth and will need screws inserted to help the healing process.

Vagana was placed on report and will face a disciplinary hearing on Monday.

There is better news concerning Brian Carney, who limped off with a hamstring injury midway through the second half.

"He has had treatment and has responded very, very well," said Noble, who expects the winger to be fit to face Australia at Hull's KC Stadium on Saturday.

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