England captain Owen Farrell is ruled out of the entire Six Nations, Eddie Jones confirms, with fly-half set for surgery after picking up a ‘freak’ injury while training with Saracens in major blow ahead of the tournament
- Owen Farrell was named England’s skipper despite not playing since November
- Last week, he suffered a ‘freak’ ankle injury and is ruled out for several months
- Eddie Jones today revealed the fly-half will miss the side’s Six Nations campaign
- The news comes as a big blow, with Jonny May also set to sit the tournament out
England captain Owen Farrell will miss his team’s Six Nations campaign as he requires surgery to fix an ankle injury suffered in training with Saracens.
Farrell was named as Eddie Jones’ skipper for the Championship last week despite him not having played since November after having surgery on his left ankle.
But last week he suffered a ‘freak’ injury to his right ankle which will now rule him out for several months.
England captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the Six Nations, Eddie Jones has revealed
It is a huge blow to England head coach Jones with Gloucester wing Jonny May also likely to sit out the entire Six Nations with a knee injury.
Courtney Lawes is the most natural replacement for Farrell as England captain, but he is still underdoing return-to-play head injury protocols and hasn’t trained this week.
On Tuesday, England were also forced to move hotels in Brighton after a fire broke out on the city’s seafront.
Farrell suffered a ‘freak’ injury to his right ankle which will now rule him out for several months
Earlier in the day, prop Joe Marler tested positive for Covid-19 while lock Jonny Hill is also a doubt for England’s Six Nations opener with Scotland in Edinburgh on February 5.
‘Owen is going to have an operation so he’ll be out of the Six Nations,’ said Jones.
‘I know a surgeon saw him on Sunday. They’re making the plan and hope to operate as soon as possible. I’m not a doctor, but I would imagine the rehab is going to be similar to his previous injury.
‘It’s a massive blow for him personally and for the team it’s a blow, but it’s obviously an opportunity for other guys to step up into leadership roles and for other players to play for that 12 jumper.
Boss Jones said Farrell will undergo surgery, and described the setback as a ‘massive blow’
‘We see it more as an opportunity. In today’s rugby having your best team on the field is a rare occurrence. We’re pretty used to it.
‘Last night we had to leave our hotel because of a fire outside so the boys are adaptable. They know how to get on with it and there is an opportunity there to build a bit more leadership depth.’
England back-row Tom Curry said: ‘Obviously Owen is gutted and he’s a brilliant player, but I think the direction we’re going in is it’s a group thing in terms of leadership.
‘Owen is a great player and leader, but we have to make sure we step up and that’s the exciting challenge. It doesn’t fall on one person’s shoulders or responsibility.
Farrell was named skipper for the Six Nations despite him not having played since November
Gloucester wing Jonny May is also likely to sit out the entire competition with a knee injury
‘That’s where we can really pull together and push forward in a really good direction.’
Jones confirmed he is still hopeful Lawes will be able to face Scotland, but the prognosis on May is not as good.
‘Courtney is progressing nicely and we’re still hopeful he’ll be available for Scotland,’ the Australian said.
‘Jonny is more likely than not going to have some surgery on his knee, but the details on that are a bit sketchy at the moment. He’s more than likely to be out of the Six Nations.’
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