Eddie Jones has confirmed Owen Farrell will miss the whole of the Six Nations due to a ‘freak’ ankle injury suffered in Saracens training
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England boss Eddie Jones has confirmed Owen Farrell will miss the entirety of the Six Nations after undergoing surgery on his injured ankle.
The Red Rose captain was named in England’s squad for the tournament despite having not featured since he suffered an ankle injury facing Australia in November.
However, an unexpected setback while training with Saracens last week led to the fly-half seeing a specialist, and the resulting surgery will now see the skipper miss the whole tournament.
Jones said: “Owen has had his operation so he’ll be out of the Six Nations.
“Courtney is progressing nicely.
“Massive blow for him [Farrell] personally, but it’s a chance for people to step up.”
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England are due to open their competition on February 5 at Murrayfield, where they will face Scotland, who defeated them 11-6 last year to mark their first victory at Twickenham since 1983.
Jones recently called in-form fly-half George Ford into his squad, and it now looks as though the Leicester Tigers man will provide competition for the surging Marcus Smith.
Bath playmaker Orlando Bailey was initially the third-choice No. 10 behind Smith and Farrell, although the 20-year-old brings added value in that he can cover full-back and centre as well.
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