Will Neighbour has become the first casualty among Great Britain’s initial Olympic squad for the summer after the prospect was forced to have shoulder surgery.
The 21-year-old forward from Grayshott sustained the injury in December the season while playing for the University of Arkansas-Little Rock.
However he postponed going under the knife after receiving an invite to GB training camp in Houston – and to the GB Futures Programme.
A month of pain and reflection, and surgery will now take place, ruling Neighbour out for up to six month.
“Playing with those big guys, you never know what’s going to happen,” Neighbour told The Daily Reporter.
“The (shoulder) could come out again. I figured out what I really needed to do.”
Veteran centre Andy Betts has also confirmed he will not reverse his decision to retire from international duty to fight for an Olympic spot.
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