Here, RUCK takes a look at the five top players who are major doubt for the 2022 Six Nations as they continue to battle back from injuries.
#1. Alun Wyn Jones (Wales)
Wales boss Wayne Pivac doesn’t expect to have his skipper available for the 2022 Six Nations. Jones will undergo surgery on his left shoulder after being injured during their Autumn Nations Series opener against New Zealand back in October.
It is the same shoulder he hurt before the British & Irish Lions’ South Africa tour earlier this year, although on that occasion he made a startling recovery and featured in all three Tests. However, it had not healed sufficiently, and now the 36-year-old faces an extended spell on the sidelines.