England rugby fly half and captain Owen Farrell has pulled out of the Six Nations Championship with an ankle injury, coach Eddie Jones announced on Wednesday.
Fly-half George Ford was recalled earlier on Monday to replace Farrell, who had suffered an ankle injury for two months and underwent surgery in a group of 36 English players to prepare for the Six Nations tournament. Will be done.
Farrell, who had already suffered an ankle injury in a match against Australia in November, saw the pain intensifying last week while training with his Saracens side.
“Owen will not be able to compete in the Six Nations,” Eddie Jones said during the competition’s virtual launch on Wednesday. Saracens indicated that his player was to have an operation on Wednesday.
“It’s a blow to them and to the national team,” underlined the Australian coach of XV de la Rose. “But it’s also an opportunity for others to take on leadership roles.”
“In today’s rugby, it’s not common to field your best team. We’re used to it,” said the coach of the England team that won the tournament in 2020.
With vice-captain Courtney Laws also injured, players such as scrum-half Ben Youngs, prop Ellis Ganz or third-line Maro Etoje could be promoted to captain.
England is scheduled to start the 2022 tournament against Scotland on 5 February.
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