Owen Farrell forced to step down one game after injury return - Ruck

Owen Farrell forced to step down one game after injury return

England captain Owen Farrell has been ruled out of Saracens’ trip to Sale after failing to recover from a concussion suffered during last weekend’s win over Bristol.

The England captain only returned from a fourth-month injury lay-off last weekend inspired Saracens to a narrow win over Bristol.

However, Sarries have now revealed that he suffered a head injury late on and has not passed return-to-play rules.

England hooker Jamie George will step up to captain Saracens at Sale instead.

It is the latest setback for Farrell who has endured a stop-start season.


SALE SHARKS: L James; Roebuck, S James, Van Rensburg, Reed; R Du Preez, De Klerk; Rodd, Ashman, Oosthuizen, Wiese, De Jager, Ross (capt), B Curry, D Du Preez

Replacements: Van der Merwe, McIntyre, Schonert, JP Du Preez, Taylor, Quirke, Tuilagi, Metcalf

SARACENS: Daly; Maitland, Lozowski, Tompkins, Malins, Goode, A Davies; Mawi, George (capt), Koch, Isiekwe, Swinson, Itoje, Earl, Vunipola

Replacements: Woolstencroft, Barrington, Clarey, McFarland, Christie, De Haas, Taylor, Lewington 

Kick-off: 7.45pm Referee: Luke Pearce


Jonny Wilkinson picks his England backline with Farrell getting the nod

Below is the backline Wilkinson would pick to get England scoring again.


  • 15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers)
  • 14. Adam Radwan (Newcastle Falcons)
  • 11. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Adam Radwan of England during the Autumn Nations Match between England and Tonga at Twickenham Stoop on 6 November 2021. Photo: Tom Sandberg/PPAUK


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