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Hanks could miss rest of season

Exeter lock James Hanks is likely to miss the rest of this season after suffering a neck injury during the LV= Cup semi-final victory over Bath on Sunday.

Hanks was taken to Bristol's Frenchay Hospital, where he remains, although Exeter say the injury is not as bad as first feared and he is expected to make a full recovery.

Play was held up for several minutes at the Recreation Ground while 29-year-old Hanks was treated, and Exeter have said on their official website that he has suffered a "relatively severe compression" of his neck.

" It was pretty scary for him at the time when the initial injury happened, but there are no fractures, there are no breaks, but he has got some swelling in his neck area," Exeter head coach Rob Baxter said.

"He is still in hospital for monitoring rather than for treatment.

"He is okay and he's improving, and there are no indications there is going to be any long-term damage."

Exeter's 22-19 success took them into the final against Northampton, which will be played at Chiefs' Sandy Park ground next Sunday.

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