Chris Pennell: Worcester Warriors full-back to miss start of season

Chris Pennell
Chris Pennell has won one senior international cap for England

Worcester full-back Chris Pennell will miss the start of the 2016-17 Premiership season with a neck injury.

The 29-year-old, capped once by England on tour in 2014, signed an extended, undisclosed-length contract in May.

"It is disappointing to lose someone of his ability but we have players who can step up," said high-performance director Nick Johnston.

Worcester's campaign begins at Twickenham on Saturday 3 September against champions Saracens.

Pennell has not travelled to the Warriors' pre-season training camp in France. ahead of their first friendly against Clermont Auvergne.