England captain Owen Farrell remains on course to return from injury, but a miracle return in time for Six Nations is impossible due to a ‘long rehab’.
Saracens confirmed in a statement that Farrell is ‘progressing with his rehab after ankle surgery and is on track to return in the 8-10 week timespan originally communicated.’
England head coach Eddie Jones is confident he will come back stronger, saying in January that: “Owen’s one of the most resilient and driven players that I know.
“He’s got to take his medicine now, which is have the operation, rehab and go through all that pain. But he wants to be the best player he can be.”
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Three players who should be DROPPED from Eddie Jones squad – and who should replace them
Below, we take a look at three players who we believe didn’t do enough to cement their place in Eddie Jones England squad moving forward.
#1. George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
Ford’s place in the squad has to be questioned with the 2022 Six Nations so far being a complete waste of the talented playmakers time. Surely, he’d rather be playing for Leicester right now?
His two unimpressive cameo appearances against Scotland and Italy would have been better served giving a player with significant potential, somebody like Orlando Bailey, Fin Smith or Jacob Umaga, an opportunity to gain valuable experience at the highest level.
It’s time for Jones to move on from his Ford and Owen Farrell obsessions and back England’s next generation of stars heading into the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
Worcester playmaker Fin is what his name suggests; an exciting teenage blend of Finn Russell and Marcus Smith with a temperament far beyond his tender years
Replacement: Finn Smith (Worcester Warriors)