England’s Six Nations captain suffered a complicated thumb dislocation in the defeat at Gloucester
Courtney Lawes faces a race against time to play again this season after suffering a horrific injury while playing for his club.
England’s Six Nations captain contracted a complicated thumb dislocation early in Northampton’s European Challenge Cup defeat at Gloucester.
“The bone actually came out and either popped back in or was put back in,” revealed Saints boss Chris Boyd.
“It was quite uncomfortable and some medical decisions need to be made regarding the skeletal function of the thumb and the muscle and ligament situation.”
Asked if Lawes will play again this season or if England’s three-Test summer tour of Australia could even be in doubt, Boyd replied: “I have no idea.
“He didn’t want to watch it because he knew it was going to be a challenge.
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“He certainly needs some expert advice to make a decision on what is the best course of action for him going forward, but he is as good as can be.
“Until we get a medical assessment, all I can say is that he won’t be playing on Saturday.”
Lawes led England well in the absence of Owen Farrell and Eddie Jones will want him Down Under as the national side look to put a dismal Six Nations behind.
Markus Schmidt will play a key role in that and Harlequins reported yesterday that he had failed to attack after the missed shot that ended the Premiership champions’ European dream.
Captain Stephan Lewies said: “Marcus is absolutely fine, he is preparing the lads for a good performance this weekend.
“He understands the nature of the sport. His maturity for his age is incredible.”
Coach Tabai Matson added: “Marcus is developing very quickly, which is an important quality for someone in his position and with the amount of responsibility we are giving him.
“I don’t think it’s easy for someone who has become world class. There is only one way to grow and that is to learn from things like this.”
Dean Richards the longest-serving rugby director in the English game, is stepping down from the role after 24 years.
After 10 years at the helm of Newcastle and a further 14 years at Leicester, Grenoble and Harlequins, Richards is discussing taking on a different role in the Falcons hierarchy.
“I’m talking to Semore [Kurdi, the Newcastle owner],” he said. “I’ve been doing this for about 25 years and it’s been a long journey to be honest.
“At the same time, I’m still passionate about mustard and still adore the sport and matchdays. If I have something to say, I will tell you one day.”
https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/rugby-union/england-captain-courtney-lawes-suffers-26749126 England captain Courtney Lawes suffers a gruesome injury that puts the rest of his season in jeopardy