Owen Farrell is now a big doubt for Sunday week’s Test match between England and Argentina after a brutal weekend for Eddie Jones’s players in the Gallagher Premiership.
Farrell suffered a concussion on Saturday playing for the Saracens against the Exeter Chiefs and his absence would have been a major blow to manager Jones. The 31-year-old was next in line to captain the team in the absence of Courtney Lawes, who led England in the summer in Australia but is currently recovering from a concussion as well. Lawes is going through the protocols of returning to play at his club, the Northampton Saints, who hadn’t played in a month.
Farrell, injured in an accidental head-on with Exeter’s Joe Simmonds, was immediately replaced and will now follow the homecoming protocols. The 12-day suspension period for players who have suffered a concussion, introduced in July this year, leaves Farrell with little time to get ready for England’s first test of the fall.
If neither Lawes nor Farrell are available to face Michael Cheika’s Argentine side next week, Jones will have to turn to a new captain, with Tom Curry, Maro Itoje and Ellis Genge among the possible candidates.
Curry last captained England during this year’s Six Nations, when Lawes and Farrell were unavailable, becoming the youngest men’s England captain since Will Carling at the age of 23. England lost to Scotland at Murrayfield and defeated Italy at home in two tests under the Curry captain before Lawes returned to Wales.
Jonny May and Henry Arundell were also barred from participating in the team’s retreat this week in Jersey.
Arundell will travel to Jersey again to continue his rehabilitation with the team’s medical staff following a sprained ankle in Friday’s London Irish game against Gloucester that forced him to leave before the 20-minute mark. England are hoping to have Arundell on hand after a good start to the season with his club, continuing to improve in the wake of his successful campaign in 2021-22.
May’s injury is more serious, with an elbow dislocation intended to keep the veteran out for some time. Telegraph Sport learned Monday May was due to undergo an injury scan, the latest setback in an unfortunate streak for the English winger who missed the second half of last season due to a knee injury. before Covid-19 decreed it on three Test matches in Australia last summer during the tour.
Due to the unavailability of Farrell, May and Arundell, England have summoned the center of Exeter Slade, his first appearance on an English side this season after missing the summer tour of Australia due to injury, along with the Newcastle winger Adam Radwan and Sale defender Tom Roebuck, capless. who caught Jones’s attention with three tries in six games this season.
Will Stuart, the Bath supporter, will also continue his injury rehabilitation with England in Jersey, while Charlie Atkinson – the former Wasps opener who is currently seconded – will join the England team in Jersey as a “player. of training “.
There have been no updates from the Rugby Football Union on the health of Exeter hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie, who appeared to have sustained a knee injury in the Exeter match with the Saracens, suggesting that the British and Irish Lion will also travel with the team.
Elsewhere, Bath has announced that former Worcester Warriors captain Ted Hill has agreed a long-term contract with the club.
Hill initially opted for a short-term deal, but has now teamed up with Ollie Lawrence to sign extended terms.