Bath are in no rush to bring back Sam Underhill after the England flanker suffered his fourth concussion in two months against Leinster last weekend.
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.”
Bath boss Stuart Hooper has now confirmed that Underhill won’t be returning anytime soon and also revealed the back-rower will be meeting with a specialist this week.
“Repeated concussions mean professional advice must be taken” said Hooper.
“Sam has an important appointment later this week. We will be guided by the experts and we pride ourselves at Bath on always doing right by the player.
“The utmost care is needed here.”
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“You’re f**ked mate” – Five times Eddie Jones lost his s**t with England players
#1. Dylan Hartley
A knee injury prevented Hartley from travelling to Japan for the 2019 World Cup and effectively ended his England career.
The phone call he received from Eddie Jones was brutal, Hartley revealed.
“You’re f***ed mate,” Jones told Hartley, despite the hooker’s plea for a chance to prove his fitness.
“Even by the standards of the 6am texts he delivers while running on the treadmill, which make the recipient’s balls tighten and the brain melt, this phone call was brutal,” writes Hartley in his book.
“He was effectively ending my England career with three words.”