England hopeful Zach Mercer doubtful for Six Nations after surgery - Ruck

England hopeful Zach Mercer doubtful for Six Nations after surgery

Gloucester’s number eight, Zach Mercer, is facing an extended absence, with a recovery period spanning “a few months” due to a recent ankle surgery.

Adding to their injury concerns, flanker Ruan Ackermann is still sidelined, grappling with a persistent “nerve issue,” while prop Val Rapava-Ruskin is unavailable due to an undiagnosed injury.

The upcoming fixture for Gloucester sees them pitted against Bath in an eagerly awaited West Country derby, taking place at their home ground this Friday.

“He got caught in a tackle at the beginning of the Saracens game, there were like three people that fell on him at the same time – it’s one of those injuries and he’s going to be out for a few months,” director of rugby George Skivington told BBC Radio Gloucestershire. 


“We could have strapped him up and tried to put him out but that’s not how we do it here and I don’t think that’s the responsible thing, to bring him over here and ask him to limp on and see what happens. 

“We’ve taken the action of getting it right and making sure that when he comes back he’ll be 100%.”

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