England handed fitness boost ahead of Six Nations

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  • Manu Tuilagi
    English rugby union player
  • Jamie George
    English rugby union footballer
  • Owen Farrell
    English rugby league and rugby union footballer

England duo Owen Farrell and Manu Tuilagi should be fit for the start of the Six Nations, according to their respective club bosses.

Farrell limped off in England’s 32-15 triumph over Australia with an ankle injury and was ruled out for up to 12 weeks, but he should be available for the beginning of the international tournament.

“He will be back towards the end of January,” Saracens director of rugby Mark McCall told reporters. “It won’t be in the next couple of weeks, but it should be before the Six Nations.”

Update on Jamie George

McCall also gave a positive update on hooker Jamie George, who was another to suffer an injury during that clash with the Wallabies.

“Some of the estimates that you get are quite conservative, to begin with, and there is always an expectation that Jamie would beat the estimate,” McCall added.

“He was very, very nearly OK for last weekend, but when Covid came and he couldn’t do the exercise he could, we thought we would wait a week. He is raring to go and we can’t wait to have him back.”

Tuilagi is another player to hand Eddie Jones a boost with the centre not far away from returning to action.

The 30-year-old sustained a hamstring injury in the act of scoring England’s first try during their Autumn Nations Series victory over the Springboks, but is set to play a part for Sale Sharks over the next month.

“Manu is a really quick healer,” Sharks director of rugby Alex Sanderson said. “He’s had a few (injuries), hasn’t he, so he knows how to manage injuries. I think he’s a bit early and it’s going to be on the specialist’s call, but at the moment, he’s doing really well.

“We are supremely happy, the more games he can get and the more he can influence people around here, the better.

“There’s a Leicester game before the Six Nations, which is obviously a big one for him, but we’re hoping to get him back a week or two before that. Fingers crossed. He’s definitely ahead of schedule, but we still need to get the sign-off.”

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