Updated: 05/24/2014 05:26 | By Agence France-Presse

England's Ford out of New Zealand tour

Bath fly-half George Ford will miss England's tour of New Zealand to undergo shoulder surgery, it was announced Friday.


England's Ford out of New Zealand tour

Bath's English fly-half George Ford (C) kicks the ball down-field during the European Challenge Cup final rugby union match between Bath and Northampton Saints at Cardiff Arms Park in Cardiff, South Wales, on May 23, 2014 - by Adrian Dennis

Ford's father Mike, the Bath coach confirmed what had long been suspected ahead of sending out his son to play in the all-English European Challenge Cup final against Northampton at Cardiff Arms Park. 

England back-up No 10 Ford was in line to start the first Test against the world champion All Blacks on June 7, with first-choice Owen Farrell unavailable because of Saracens' Premiership final against Northampton on May 31.

Now the hope is Ford will be fully fit for 2015 World Cup hosts England's bid to win the Webb Ellis Cup next season. 

"We took advice from the medics at both Bath and England," Mike Ford told Sky Sports News. 

"It was decided that while he can get through this last game, he'll need an operation to start next season well. 

"It's a big season with the World Cup coming, so it's the right decision for George. 

"He was down for a couple of days but realised it's the best thing for him," the former England defence coach added. 

"The last thing he needs is for his shoulder to go early next season. 

"It's right for him to have the operation straight after the final and get strong for next season."

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