Six Nations: Courtney Lawes and George McGuigan doubt England opener after training squad withdrawn

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Courtney Lawes has been ruled out of England’s Six Nations training camp with a calf injury. George McGuigan also has a knee injury; They are replaced by Tom Dunn and David Ribbans

Last update: 23/01/23 09:31

Lawes limped in the defeat to Northampton Saints in the Heineken Champions Cup

Courtney Lawes and George McGuigan are doubtful for England’s Six Nations opener against Scotland after pulling out of training camp with an injury.

Lawes hobbled off in the 29th minute of Northampton’s 31-13 defeat to La Rochelle in the Heineken Champions Cup with a calf injury, while McGuigan is out with a knee injury.

Lawes has been plagued with injuries lately and if he is left out of the tournament it will be a huge blow to England’s chances of success.

Following Lawes’ injury, Northampton head coach Phil Dowson said: “Courtney doesn’t appear to be down, he never is, but he felt he couldn’t continue.

  • vs Scotland – Saturday 4 February (Twickenham)
  • vs Italy – Sunday, February 12 (Twickenham)
  • vs Wales – Saturday 25 February (Cardiff)
  • vs France – Saturday March 11 (Twickenham)
  • vs Ireland – Saturday March 18 (Dublin)

“His calf has tightened up, he’s never had any problems, but he’ll have to see physio tomorrow and possibly get a CT scan, so thumbs up.”

Tom Dunn and David Ribbans have been called up to the squad by head coach Steve Borthwick as the team joins the Honda England Rugby Performance Center at Pennyhill Park, Bagshot on Monday for a five-day camp.

The injuries come a day after Jamie George suffered a suspected concussion after a high tackle on Luke Crosbie, which resulted in a head-on collision.

He was cleared by the Saracens medical team to return to the fight after his 10 minutes in the trash, but was later discharged by the independent match doctor. George faces a minimum seven-day wait as England begin their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, February 4.

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