Eddie Jones has been handed an injury boost as flanker Sam Underhill could make his return to the side next weekend against France after being named in Bath’s side to face Exeter Chiefs.
Underhill missed England’s first three Six Nations fixtures with a hip injury but has now recovered to start in Bath’s back row alongside Wales flanker Taulupe Faletau and No 8 Zach Mercer.
However, it’s not good news for Chiefs winger Jack Nowell. The wingers hopes of touring once again with the British & Irish Lions look all but over after he suffered another ‘significant setback’.
The 27-year-old, who was selected for the tour of New Zealand in 2017, hasn’t featured for club or country since the Gallagher Premiership final back in October.
Meanwhile, 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.
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NIGEL OWENS RANKS THE THREE HARDEST ENGLISH PLAYERS TO REFEREE:
3. Maro Itoje
NIGEL OWENS SAID: “The second-row is someone who plays right on the edge. That is what makes him such a great player. He must be so difficult to play against but he’s also difficult to referee and I mean that with the utmost respect.”
” You don’t want him to change the way he plays but he needs to pick and choose when he gambles on the situation and when he doesn’t. And understand better those moments when you are under pressure and knowing when, if you take a risk and get it wrong, you will land your team in real trouble.