England will discover the extent of Ben Youngs’ knee injury on Monday, revealed head coach Eddie Jones.
“Ben will have an examination tomorrow (Monday) so we’ll know more after that,” revealed Jones.
“He’s unlikely to be available for the Wales game. It’s too early to make any sort of prediction, but I’m always optimistic.”
The 28-year-old cried out in pain after his knee buckled awkwardly during a tackle, ending his afternoon and leaving him a major doubt for at least Saturday’s clash with Wales at Twickenham.
The Aussie also took time to talk about Sam Simmonds after the number eight scored a brace on his Six Nations debut.
“Sam’s a good young lad with a great set of skills. If he was a cricketer he’d be playing Twenty20. He’s a bit different – he’s fast and runs good lines,” Jones said.
“He’s a completely humble boy who just gets on with it. He’s fitted into the team well.
“He’s different to Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes and sometimes it takes sides a bit of time to adjust to that, but our adjustment was good. At the end of the game we played some lovely rugby.
“I was really pleased with the effort. Italy were always going to be difficult to play.
“Our scrum and line-out was absolutely first-class. I don’t think we’ve scrummed as well as that in the time I’ve been in charge of England.
“We were completely dominant and that’s English rugby. When the game broke up at the end we were able to score tries.
“Defensively we made a couple of errors and they were able to capitalise on them but they’re something we can work on and fix. It wasn’t the perfect game but very, very positive.”