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Last Updated: Tuesday, 7 August 2007, 13:49 GMT 14:49 UK
Ward-Smith offered Cup lifeline
Dan Ward-Smith pictured during England's training camp in Portugal
Ward-Smith had specialist knee treatment in America
England coach Brian Ashton has left the door open for Bristol's Dan Ward-Smith to play a role in the World Cup despite releasing him from the squad.

The number eight suffered a major knee injury in January but had recovered enough to train with the squad.

"Dan's not ready to compete at this level and you don't want to use a World Cup warm-up game as rehab," he said.

"He'll join Bristol's pre-season and should we need him as World Cup cover he'll have some games under his belt."



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