Hanks may miss rest of season

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

The 29-year-old was taken to hospital after being carried off at the Recreation Ground.

He will be kept there as a precaution, although Exeter say the injury is not as bad as was first feared.

The club's official website have revealed 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," said 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 victory over Bath took them into the final against Northampton, which will be played at Chiefs' Sandy Park ground next Sunday.