"He is absolutely fine" - Sam Underhill set for England return following concussion hell - Ruck

“He is absolutely fine” – Sam Underhill set for England return following concussion hell

Sam Underhill was left out of England squad in January on fitness grounds but could return to the fold after he makes his playing comeback this weekend.

He is set to make his first Bath appearance since January 22 against Bristol on Saturday.

‘It’s been an unfortunate run of luck,’ Bath director of rugby Stuart Hooper said of Underhill. ‘But now he is absolutely fine and is flying around.

‘There are two rounds of the Six Nations to go. Eddie is obviously in control of who he picks for England. What we want to ensure is that if Sam is picked for us, he’s playing well. 

‘Beyond that I’m sure he’ll get picked for England because he is an outstanding player.’

Bath were in no rush to bring back the England flanker after he suffered his fourth concussion in two months against Leinster in late January.

After treatment, Underhill exited to the dressing rooms for a head injury assessment but he didn’t return to take his place back from his replacement, Josh McNally.

Commenting on the incident for BT Sport, ex-England No8 Lawrence Dallaglio said: “A lot these injuries come from the second or third tackler coming in and it’s Underhill, he gets his head in the wrong place.”

Commentator Alastair Eykyn added: “That is nasty in itself but he has only just come back from concussion problems and it was one of the reasons for his absence from the England Six Nations squad, so this will be a grave concern to club and country.”


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#1. Manu Tuilagi

The powerhouse centre initially returned to England's XV for Saturday's Six Nations win over Wales but was ruled out of the squad hours later after he suffered a recurrence of the hamstring injury that sidelined him in November.

Tuilagi has been sent back to Sale with director of rugby Alex Sanderson wanting better alignment when managing the star.

"It was probably just a little bit too far, a little bit too soon," he told reporters. "We’ve spoken to Eddie and liaised with England’s physios and S&C [strength and conditioning] staff.

Manu Tuilagi of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK

"We’re all on the same page and we need to catch up post-Six Nations to understand how we can potentially manage it better. But we’re struggling to see how we can at the moment, apart from it being too much too soon.

"You can look and delve into things and go down rabbit holes, but sometimes you can see ghosts which aren’t actually there. It’s important to understand that.

"The reason why we want to sit down together is over concern for the player. It’s not over grey areas. I just want us to be on the same page."

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