Courtney Lawes will miss the rest of the 2021 Six Nations – massively reducing his chances of being selected for the 2021 British & irish Lions tour.
With competition for Warren Gatland’s 36-man squad to take on South Africa, missing the final three games will be a huge blow to his chances.
“He picked up a knock on Wednesday and that means he won’t be available for us for the rest of the Six Nations,” revealed attack coach Simon Amor
“It was a fall, he tweaked his pec, it’s obviously very disappointing but these things happen and we’ll look at the replacement after the Wales game.”
“He – Courtney Lawes – is an experienced player,” Amor continued.
“He brings a line-out threat and great defensive energy. But we have some fantastic players, particularly with Mark Wilson.
“He is one of our work-rate players and brings strength around the breakdown.”
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1. Jack Willis (England)
The flanker suffered extensive knee damage against Italy that is expected to end both his season and his dreams of playing for the British & Irish Lions in the summer. Willis’ left leg buckled awkwardly after Sebastian Negri pulled him out of a ruck, leaving the Wasps back row crying out in pain.