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Owen Williams & Brendon O’Connor ruled out for Leicester

  • Leicester Tigers fly-half Owen Williams suffers a double fracture of his jaw in Saturday’s victory over Northampton 
  • The 23-year-old, who scored a try in the win, had surgery on Saturday
  • Flanker Brendan O’Connor also out with a hamstring tear
Leicester are set to be without fly-half Owen Williams for up to eight weeks after they confirming he had surgery on a double fracture of his jaw.

The 23-year-old had to be helped off the field after taking a bang to the face in attempting to tackle England lock Courtney Lawes just before half-time during the Tigers’ Aviva Premiership win against Northampton at Welford Road.

The uncapped Leicester outside half’s injury is a blow to any hopes he had of a Wales call-up for the 2016 Six Nations.

“It’s not great for him,” director of rugby Richard Cockerill said.

He is the second Tigers fly-half to fracture his jaw this season as Freddie Burns suffered a similar injury in October.

In another blow to Leicester, flanker Brendan O’Connor has been ruled out for approximately six weeks because of a hamstring injury.

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