Tait suffers injury - Report

A back injury has ended Leicester full-back Mathew Tait's latest comeback with club and country, it is understood.

Just five matches after returning from ankle surgery in the summer, Tait has been ruled out of England Saxons' clash with Ireland Wolfhounds at Kingsholm on Saturday.

The former Newcastle Falcon trudged out of Leicester's 22-19 Heineken Cup defeat to Ulster at Welford Road on Saturday after just 38 minutes.

Sale full-back Rob Miller slots in for Tait, with Gloucester's 20-year-old lock Elliott Stooke coming in for Leicester's injured second row Graham Kitchener.

Harlequins' Matt Hopper replaces Bath's Jonathan Joseph and Northampton Saints prop Tom Mercey takes over from Harlequin Will Collier as England count the cost of round six of Heineken Cup pool action.

Leicester wing Miles Benjamin and flanker Jamie Gibson will be assessed at the end of the week.

Saxons bosses hope to have the pair available for the Glasgow trip to face Scotland A on January 31.

Leicester's gifted attacking full-back Tait's injury jinx continues, this back problem costing him his latest opportunity to outline his credentials to England head coach Stuart Lancaster.

Tait has won 38 caps in total since his 2004 debut as a callow teenager against Wales, where Gavin Henson unceremoniously dumped him on his backside.

The threatening strike runner has completed the switch from centre to full-back since his move to Welford Road.

Mike Brown and Alex Goode are Lancaster's principal full-backs, but with Rugby World Cup 2015 fringing the horizon Lancaster is keen to review all options.

Every England coach since Andy Robinson has viewed Tait as a player of the greatest potential.

Nearly a decade on from that debut though, he is still battling to bring his startling ability to bear consistently on the world stage.

Tait has made just 32 Leicester appearances since his 2011 switch from home club Newcastle.