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“Heaviest Defeat at Twickenham” 5 Things We Learned From England v France

Ollie Lawrence Injury Opens Up the Centre

Six months ago, Ollie Lawrence was on the verge of redundancy, when his boyhood club Worcester Warriors entered financial administration.

Few would expect the 23-year-old to be nailed on to the number 12 jersey. Once again the preferred centre, despite Tuilagi’s involvement in training and Owen Farrell on the bench.

A frustrated Ollie Lawrence of England during the Guinness Six Nations match between England and France at Twickenham Stadium, Twickenham, London on Saturday 11th March 2023 | Photo: James Fearn/PPAUK.

However, Lawrence vacated after taking a knock mid-way through the second half. The injury details are unclear, with Borthwick keeping his cards to his chest when asked for Lawrence’s status. Alex Dombrandt moved into the centre, with Borthwick’s lack of centre’s presenting how heavily he entrusted in Lawrence.

Ollie Lawrence of England is tackled by Tommaso Allan of Italy during the Six Nations Match between England and Italy at Twickenham, London on 12 Feb 2023 (Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK)

If the injury is substantial, expect to see Manu Tuilagi back in an England shirt for the final round match against Ireland. Lawrence had so far kept the Sale Shark out of the squad, with Tuilagi returning to the England camp this week after serving his suspension. Before going off, Lawrence impressed once again, with hulking carriers that left a bruise on the French defenders.