Scotland flanker Jason White and England stand-off Charlie Hodgson will fly out to the United States on Saturday to continue their recovery with one of the world's leading knee rehabilitation specialists.
In a tri-party agreement between Scottish Rugby, Sale Sharks and the Rugby Football Union, the pair will spend four weeks with Bill Knowles at iSPORT Vermont Orthopaedic Clinic in Killington Mountain Ski Resort as part of their recovery from reconstructive knee ligament surgery.
Jason White said: "Everyone at the SRU and Sale Sharks has done a great job getting me to this point and now I'm looking forward to working with Bill. It's all going to be fresh for me and having Charlie there will also be a great help. We have both got a good work ethic and are committed to coming back stronger and better."
Charlie Hodgson said: "I have worked with Bill before and was delighted with what went on and I am looking forward to doing so again. He has some great ideas and it’ll be good to freshen things up and have a different voice. Sale and England have been great and it's good that Scotland have got involved and that Jason is coming over as well. You wouldn't wish injury on anybody but Whitey is a great person to train with and I am sure we will both benefit from being there together."
Dr James Robson, Scottish Rugby’s Head of Medical and Physiotherapy Services, said: "In Scotland we have excellent rehab physiotherapists with vast experience but it is very difficult to give players intensive one-to-one treatment because of the demands of working with squads and professional teams.
"In Jason’s case we are very pleased that he will receive intensive, individual expert treatment by one of the world’s leading authorities.
"We’d also like to thank Sale and the RFU for the opportunity to work in this tri-partite manner. It’s an example of how the medical teams from different countries and clubs are willing and able to work together for the benefit of the player."
RFU Head of Sports Medicine and England Team Doctor Simon Kemp said: "Bill is arguably the leading knee rehabilitation specialist. He has vast experience of dealing with elite athletes, particularly Olympic skiers, following anterior ligament reconstruction and has worked with Charlie, Austin Healey and Richard Hill before in Vermont as well as coming over here to work with a number of Guinness Premiership clubs. He will be able to work one-to-one with Charlie and Jason from 8am until 5pm Monday to Friday and I have no doubt that they will make very significant rehabilitation gains over the four-week period.
"They will be doing lower limb rehabilitation for their recent knee injuries but will also be working towards joint club and country cardiovascular and upper-body fitness goals as well."
Sale Sharks’ Head of Physical Preparation Nick Johnston added: "Charlie and Jason are both very important for Sale Sharks, England and Scotland and to get them back in A1 condition is paramount. We are quite happy with the progress they have made, which is credit to the medical and fitness staff at Sale Sharks, and we feel they can move even further forward under Bill's guidance in the United States.
"Bill is one of the leading guys in this field and we are very happy that thanks to the co-operation of Dr Simon Kemp, Dr James Robson and our own Dr Dave Jones, we have the opportunity to get them into this clinic."