All the latest news on players injured before and during this year's Six Nations Championship

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2022 Six Nations Injuries Update

All eyes are on this year’s Six Nations, which is set to be one of the most hotly contested for a long time. While we debate who could win it all, team selection and who is in red-hot form, there is the perpetual issue: who has the healthiest squad?

Every season players drop out, so here is a rolling update of the major injuries for each team.

2022 Six Nations Injuries

England

Owen Farrell was originally named England captain for the Six Nations, Eddie Jones believing he would have recovered from the ankle injury he suffered last autumn.

However, he suffered another injury in Saracens training ahead of his proposed comeback match against London Irish and is not joining up with the national squad for their training camp in Brighton. Jones is due to announce a new captain this week.

Jonny May has withdrawn from the squad with a knee injury, while Joe Marler tested positive for Covid on Tuesday morning and immediately went into isolation.

Courtney Lawes is unavailable to train this week as he is undergoing head injury return-to-play protocols. Elliot Daly and George Ford have been called up to the squad, while Nick Isiekwe has also joined as injury cover for Lawes.

Manu Tuilagi had a “wee setback” in his return but could feature at some point in the campaign. Jones also mentioned Sam Underhill as another player who could link up with the England Six Nations squad later in the championship. However, the Bath back-row suffered another head injury against Leinster at the weekend so that now seems unlikely.

France

Captain Charles Ollivon remains out with a knee injury. Scrum-half Antoine Dupont is returning from his own knee problem but is expected to captain the side.

Fly-half Matthieu Jalibert is out of the France Six Nations squad with a thigh injury.

Ireland

The biggest hit to Ireland’s Six Nations squad is James Lowe, who is not available for the tournament due to a muscle injury.

Another back-three player, Jacob Stockdale, is also out having undergone ankle surgery.

Italy

Sergio Parisse hopes to be given a last hurrah in the Italy shirt during the championship, but he was left out of the initial Italy Six Nations squad because he needs more game time.

The former Italy captain suffered a hand injury and his club Toulon didn’t play for a while because of Covid. Once Parisse is fully fit and has some matches under his belt, it’s thought he will be called into the squad by new coach Kieran Crowley.

Scotland

There aren’t any major injuries currently affecting Gregor Townsend’s Scotland Six Nations squad.

Wales

Wales have the most injury-hit squad, with more than 600 caps-worth of experience unavailable for selection.

The absentees are: Alun Wyn Jones (shoulder), Dan Lydiate (ACL), Ken Owens (back), George North (knee), Leigh Halfpenny (knee), Justin Tipuric (shoulder), Taulupe Faletau (calf), Josh Navidi (shoulder), Elliot Dee (neck), Josh Macleod (achilles) and Johnny Williams (shoulder).

Six Nations injuries

Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones will miss the championship because of a shoulder injury (Getty Images)

Wayne Pivac has said some stars could return later during the championship.

Six players have been released back to their regions and are available for selection this weekend: Rhys Carre and Dillon Lewis (Cardiff), Ross Moriarty (Dragons), Gareth Anscombe (Ospreys), Kieran Hardy (Scarlets) and Bradley Roberts (Ulster). They will rejoin the Wales camp on Sunday 30 January.

In addition, second-row Christ Tshiunza tested positive for Covid on Monday (24 January) and immediately went into isolation.

Related: Wales Six Nations Squad

This post will be updated throughout the Six Nations.

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