ENGLAND will be without reserve captain Courtney Lawes and lock in Jonny Hill for Saturday’s Six Nations opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Boss Eddie Jones will have to find another captain for the Calcutta Cup clash.
The Australians were rocked by the news last week that the original captain Owen Farrell has been disqualified due to a setback with his ankle injury.
Lawes, 32, joined Farrell on the absentee list after suffering a concussion against Ulster for Northampton on January 16.
The people on the side haven’t cleared the concussion protocols yet.
Tom Curry or Luke Cowan-Dickie can now wear the captain’s armband.
Hill, meanwhile, is absent due to a stress fracture of his leg – last playing on January 8.
In addition to Farrell, Jonny May and Anthony Watson were also eliminated from the entire competition.
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More positive news for Jones, Manu Tuilagi and Sam Underhill could return from their own fitness problems this weekend.
Tuilagi, 30, is expected to return from a hamstring problem, while Underhill is said to be over a concussion problem of his own.
Jones is expected to announce his line-up on Thursday morning.
https://www.thesun.ie/sport/rugby-union/8301648/england-six-nations-lawes-hill/ England face Six Nations injury crisis as reserve captain Courtney Lawes and lockout Jonny Hill is ruled out of Scotland game