There is only one month to go to the eagerly anticipated November internationals where the northern hemisphere nations take on their southern counterparts.
Unfortunately, England supporters will have to wait until November 2018 to see Eddie Jones’ side take on the might of the All Blacks – England will tour South Africa in June 2018 and face Argentina, Australia and Fiji next month.
The game in November will provide ideal preparation for what is likely to be another tightly contested and brutally attritional Six Nations championship. It will also allow Jones the opportunity to further run the rule over his squad as thoughts begin to drift to the World Cup in two years time.
However, the Red Rose look like they could be without one of their star players in Jack Nowell. Nowell picked up a nasty cheek injury in the first half of Exeter’s victory over Newcastle Falcons at Sandy Park at the weekend.
Nowell posted a picture of the injury after the game on social media.
According to a report in The Guardian, Nowell is undergoing scans to determine the full extent of the damage but it is understood that he is unlikely to play for at least five weeks. This puts him out of contention for Exeter’s back-to-back Champions Cup fixtures and could also rule him out of England’s opening two November fixtures against Argentina and Australia.
The only positive is that England are well stocked in the wing positions with the likes of Marland Yarde, Anthony Watson, Jonny May and Elliot Daly all battling it out for starting place.
England face Argentina in the opening game of their November series on November 11 at Twickenham.
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