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Sport Lawes ruled out England's Six Nations campaign with pectoral injury

22:22  03 march  2021
22:22  03 march  2021 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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  • England forward Courtney Lawes is facing a 12-week spell on the sidelines
  • He will undergo surgery after picking up a pectoral injury in training last week
  • Approximate 12-week recovery time rules him out of the Six Nations campaign
  • It remains to be seen whether this affects his selection for the Lions squad
  • England lock Courtney Lawes faces being out of rugby for 12 weeks after suffering a pectoral injury.

    The Northampton forward, who has won 87 caps, was hurt during England training last week.

    His Saints team-mate David Ribbans has been called into England's Guinness Six Nations squad to bolster second-row resources ahead of their remaining games against France and Ireland.

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    Courtney Lawes wearing a uniform and holding a football ball: Courtney Lawes will miss the remainder of England's Six Nations campaign through injury © Provided by Daily Mail Courtney Lawes will miss the remainder of England's Six Nations campaign through injury

    Northampton said that Lawes will undergo surgery and he faces an approximate 12-week recovery period.

    That would sideline him until late May or early June, meaning he will miss the overwhelming majority of Saints' remaining Gallagher Premiership fixtures.

    Whether it affects his British and Irish Lions squad selection hopes to face South Africa this summer remains to be seen.

    'Northampton Saints can confirm that, following consultation between the club's medical staff and a specialist, Courtney Lawes will undergo surgery on the pectoral injury he sustained in England training last week,' Saints said in a statement.

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    Owen Farrell, Courtney Lawes are posing for a picture: The 32-year-old flanker (bottom left) will undergo surgery after picking up a pectoral injury © Provided by Daily Mail The 32-year-old flanker (bottom left) will undergo surgery after picking up a pectoral injury

    'The 32-year-old lock will require a rehabilitation period of approximately 12 weeks.'

    England resume their Six Nations campaign against France on Saturday week, having suffered defeats against Scotland and Wales either side of beating Italy.

    The Rugby Football Union said that some of Jones' 28-man squad 'who have received less playing time during the tournament' will be given an opportunity to play for their clubs this weekend.

    'This will be an individual decision for each player from a performance perspective and is in line with tournament regulations and Covid-19 protocols,' the RFU added.

    Jones limited his Six Nations squad selection in January to 28 players in an effort to enhance coronavirus safety measures.

    a group of men playing a game of football: It remains to be seen whether it affects his selection for the British and Irish Lions squad © Provided by Daily Mail It remains to be seen whether it affects his selection for the British and Irish Lions squad

    The RFU struck an agreement with Premiership Rugby and the Rugby Players' Association that enables the 28 members to remain in camp for the entirety of a Test week.

    It was previously customary for Jones to pick an initial training squad of around 32 players that would arrive in camp on a Monday.

    This would then be trimmed to a smaller group of 23 to 25 on a Tuesday or Wednesday night, enabling those not in contention to play for England that weekend to turn out for their clubs instead.

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