With the Six Nations only weeks away, England’s coach Eddie Jones must be wishing he could wrap his players up in cotton wool as yet another regular was side-lined long term. England’s former captain, and Harlequins flanker, Chris Robshaw, underwent surgery to his left shoulder yesterday after aggravating the injury whilst playing against Worcester on New Year’s Day. Although England head coach Eddie Jones was quick to replace Robshaw as England captain, preferring Northampton’s Dylan Hartley. Although with the experience he brings with 55 caps, he is still a mainstay of the England pack, missing only one of England’s 13 wins.
Robshaw isn’t the only name that’s been ruled out of this year’s Six Nations, Leicester’s rampaging centre Manu Tuiliagi, who has had a nightmare two years with injury, was recently ruled out for the season, after suffering cruciate ligament damage, only a few games into his comeback. Also missing are Saracen’s hard hitting forwards, Billy and Mako Vunipola, as both are still recovering from knee injuries. Flanker James Haskell made his comeback from several months on the side line in Sundays defeat of Leicester Tigers, but after coming on in the 2nd half, managed only 36 seconds before being knocked out and substituted.
In addition, lock forward, George Kruis, is also doubtful after suffering a fractured cheekbone. England Skipper Dylan Hartley will have a race against time to prove his fitness for the first game against France on Feb 4th, as he is currently suspended until 23rd January, after being sent off during Northampton’s Champions Cup Match against Leinster.