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George Kruis will be fit for Six Nations opener against France

  • George Kruis fractured a cheekbone during Saracens victory against  Newcastle on Christmas Eve 
  • The Saracens lock was initially a doubt for Six Nations showdown with France 
  • Eddie Jones will currently be without Christ Robshaw, Joe Marler and the Vunipola brothers
George Kruis will be available to start England’s RBS 6 Nations opener against France but is set to miss both of Saracens’ Champions Cup matches this month.

The lock fractured a cheekbone against in a 21-6 victory against Newcastle on Christmas Eve and was a doubt to face Les Bleus, but the double winners’ director of rugby Mark McCall has confirmed he will be fit for the Twickenham showdown on February 4


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“George will be fine for the Six Nations.” revealed Sarries chief Mark McCall.

“The question is whether he’ll play against Toulon or not. We won’t know that until next week, but I’d say it’s unlikely,” he added.



Mako Vunipola is a doubt for the Six Nations but could yet play some part in the tournament, with McCall revealing that the loosehead prop could be back in action at the end of February.

Meanwhile, his brother Billy Vunipola is struggling with a knee injury and is due to see a specialist this week for an update on his likely return.

These arre just the latest injury worries for the Aussie after former captain Chris Robshaw has already been ruled out for the entire competition because he requires shoulder surgery, while Joe Marler will miss the start of the campaign with a broken leh.

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