England fly-half Owen Farrell has been ruled out of the entire Six Nations after the England camp confirmed he has contracted a “high-grade medial ligament strain”.
Farrell picked up the injury during Saracens defeat to Clermont this weekend and will now sit out the entire championship. The news comes on the back of a string of other injuries as pressure mounts on England just months before the World Cup.
George Ford has been expected to start the Six Nations opener against Wales on February 6 anyway, however this now opens up an opportunity for either Stephen Myler or Danny Cipriani on the bench.
It is also believed that Farrell’s Saracens colleague Brad Barritt is likely to miss the Six Nations opener, whilst there are also major doubts over Geoff Parling ahead of the game. England are also waiting to discover if Tom Wood and Kyle Eastmond will be fit in time.
“It’s a real shame for Owen that he sustained this injury and we wish him the best for his recovery,” Stuart Lancaster said. “We are fortunate to have three other No.10s in the squad in what is a very competitive position and we will look forward to seeing how they go over the Six Nations. We will continue to assess and treat the other players’ injuries and will provide an update at the launch tomorrow.”
England are already without Manu Tuilagi and Courtney Lawes for the start of the championship while Joe Launchbury, Ben Morgan, Ed Slater and Ben Foden will miss the entire Six Nations.
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