Wood philosophical over injury blow
Tom Wood has expressed his disappointment at being ruled out of England's first two RBS 6 Nations fixtures with a toe injury.
The Northampton flanker will miss England's games against Scotland and Italy after being told he needs to wear a protective boot on his left foot for the next four weeks.
Wood said: "There is never a good time to be injured and I'm obviously very disappointed, but I'm working closely with the medics at both Northampton Saints and England, who will be keeping a close eye on it and assessing it day by day."
Wood, who had been considered a leading captaincy candidate, will still attend England's pre-Six Nations training camp in Leeds next week.
He added: "An injury in one area is also an opportunity to develop strengths and improve in others. I will still travel to Leeds next week so that I am part of the squad as it gels and begins to establish its own culture and values."
The loss of Wood is a huge blow to interim England head coach Stuart Lancaster.
Leicester trio Toby Flood, Manu Tuilagi and Louis Deacon are all sidelined through injury, at least for the Scotland and Italy games, while Northampton lock Courtney Lawes is battling to overcome a knee problem.
Wood would have been a certainty to start at Murrayfield, and his absence will cause a back-row rethink for Lancaster.
It could open the door for Bristol-born number eight Ben Morgan to make a Test debut, with Harlequins captain and openside flanker Chris Robshaw captaining his country.
Morgan, who plays for the Scarlets and had qualified for Wales on residency, pinned his international colours to the England mast earlier this month and was immediately included in Lancaster's elite player squad.