England fly-half Jonny Wilkinson has been discharged from hospital after his shoulder operation and will begin his rehabilitation with a 10-day break.
The Newcastle Falcons star initially sustained the damage to his right shoulder while kicking England to World Cup glory in Australia and despite waiting over a month before resuming club duties, he aggravated the problem.
He lasted just 58 minutes of Newcastle's Premiership clash with Northampton on December 28 before walking off clutching the problem area, which also includes his neck.
Although the initial prognosis was that the 24-year-old match-winner had taken one 'stinger' too many and his condition would improve with rest, it was revealed last Friday that he would require surgery.
That was completed successfully and Falcons director of rugby Rob Andrew said: "Newcastle Falcons can confirm that Jonny Wilkinson has been released from hospital. He is well and is now going away for 10 days.
"The operation seems to have gone okay. He will begin rehabilitation as soon as he can.
"We'll take it from there to see when he is able to start training again."
As head coach Stuart Lancaster polishes the axe he will soon wield over his World Cup training squad, Exeter Chiefs coach Rob Baxter has backed Jack Nowell, Henry Slade and Luke Cowan-Dickie to be given a stay of execution.
Italy Under-20s held off a late Samoa blitz to retain their place in the World Rugby U20 Championship on Saturday and head coach Alessandro Troncon believes the experience will have served as a valuable lesson for his young troops.