Former England captain Chris Robshaw could potentially join Manu Tuilagi on the injury list for next month’s Six Nations following news that the Harlequins flanker is set to undergo a scan on a shoulder injury.
As Eddie Jones looks to defend the Six Nations title his side so emphatically secured last season, news earlier this week of Tuilagi’s knee injury will have come as a blow to the Tasmanian head coach. Now, with Robshaw also a doubt for, at the very least, the opening game against France on February 4th, Jones will keenly focused on the outcome of Tuesday’s scan on the former captain’s troubled shoulder.
According to Planet Rugby, Robshaw picked up the injury during Harlequins’ New Year’s Day defeat to Worcester and despite having linked up with the England squad in Brighton, the results of the scan could well determine his involvement next month, if any.
The 30-year-old has been a pivotal member of the England squad for a number of years now and despite losing the captaincy following the Rugby World Cup in 2015, has continued to be a mainstay at the flanks for the scrum, featuring heavily during the three-test whitewash of Australia last summer.
With Tuilagi now potentially ruled out of the championship, losing Robshaw would be regarded as another hammer blow to Jones’ aspirations of a second grand slam in two seasons.
The recent November series saw England perform strongly but with similarly impressive showings from Ireland and France, it is clear that 2017 will be a far more difficult proposition for the Red Rose.
Gary Brennan, Pundit Arena