Cole set for operation

Blackpool Citizen: Dan Cole has been out injured since March Dan Cole has been out injured since March

England prop Dan Cole is to undergo a neck operation next week and will miss the autumn's QBE Internationals, Press Association Sport understands.

Cole has been out since March after it was decided he needed rest to heal a bulging disc that was trapping a nerve.

It was hoped the spell on the sidelines would correct the problem, but the British and Irish Lions tighthead has now been told he requires an operation entailing six months of rehabilitation.

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