In this piece we will update you with all the latest injuries to players heading into the Six Nations.
2019 Six Nations Injuries Update
Sam Tremlett takes a look at some of the most recent injuries to afflict each team during the Six Nations, whilst also updating you on players who could possibly be coming back to play a part in the tournament.
2019 Six Nations Injuries
At the moment Eddie Jones has several injuries to big players to contend with; namely Dylan Hartley, Sam Underhill and Anthony Watson. Hartley is set to return in the coming weeks though, as is Chris Robshaw and Jonathan Joseph who have been rehabilitating with their respective clubs.
Additionally, two England starters could miss the rest of the tournament. Maro Itoje has picked up a knee injury against Ireland. Believed to be a ligament injury, it is not known how long he will be out for right now.
The other is Mako Vunipola who will definitely miss the rest of the tournament after injuring his ankle against France. He is expected to be out for ten weeks.
Related: England Six Nations Squad
In the scrum-half position Conor Murray has returned from his injury issues, but his replacements Luke McGrath and Kieran Marmion are both out at the moment. McGrath is set miss the entire tournament after a serious knee injury whereas we expect Marmion to play some part in Ireland’s title defence.
After a colossal contest with England, Joe Schmidt has seen several other players pick up knocks which could see them missing significant matches. CJ Stander is believed to have a fractured eye socket and cheekbone which means he will miss both the Scotland and Italy games at least. Devin Toner will also miss the rest of the Six Nations with an ankle injury which could see him out for up to two months.
Keith Earls picked up a hip point injury and Garry Ringrose has tightness in his hamstring. Both are being closely monitored this week.
Finally Andrew Conway picked up a calf strain last week during training and has remained with Munster.
Related: Ireland Six Nations Squad
The big news here is the injury to Taulupe Faletau who once again has broken his arm whilst playing for Bath. He is set to miss the entirety of the 2019 tournament but is expected to be back in time for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Leigh Halfpenny, who had been suffering from concussion symptoms is set to return for Wales soon according to Scarlet’s boss Wayne Pivac.
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Alivereti Raka, Teddy Thomas, Yoann Maestri, Cedric Gomes Sa and Mathieu Babilot are all injury concerns for Jacques Brunel right now.
Related: France Six Nations Squad
Where to start here. Scotland have been incredibly unlucky regarding injuries heading into this years tournament. Many of their first team players are out; such as John Barclay, George Turner, Hamish Watson, David Denton, Richie Gray and Byron McGuigan.
During the tournament they have also had their fair share of bad luck with injuries; Sam Skinner picked up an ankle injury against Italy whilst Stuart Hogg and Huw jones also picked up shoulder and knee injuries respectively. They are both being closely monitored this week.
Ryan Wilson however will play no further part in the tournament after sustaining knee ligament damage against Ireland.
Related: Scotland Six Nations Squad
Two of their biggest stars are out right now; Jake Polledri faces an extended period on the sidelines after picking up an ankle injury whilst playing for Gloucester. Whereas the electric Matteo Minozzi is also out.
Related: Italy Six Nations Squad
This post will be updated throughout the Six Nations.
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