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Henry Slade Will Return A Lot Sooner Than Expected

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 31: Henry Slade of England runs with the ball during the Rugby Union International match between England and the Barbarians at Twickenham Stadium on May 31, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

After a disastrous Rugby World Cup for England, head coach Stuart Lancaster parted ways with the Red Rose, and Eddie Jones assumed the top job. The Jones era was primed to be a fresh start, with the future of English rugby set to flourish over the next four years. Among the most exciting talents in the country at present is Henry Slade, and it was believed that this Six Nations Championship would be the one where the 22 year-old could make his true breakthrough.

However, Slade suffered a leg break when playing for Exeter Chiefs before Christmas, and hopes of securing his place on the England team this Spring were dashed.

This came as a big blow to Jones and England, as the versatile back looked set to miss the rest of the season.

COVENTRY, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 05: Henry Slade of Exeter Chiefs is stretched off during the Aviva Premiership match between Wasps and Exeter Chiefs at the Ricoh Arena on December 4, 2015 in Coventry, England. (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

However, in an interview with The Telegraph today, Slade revealed that he will be returning a lot sooner than expected.

“It looks like I’ll come back in mid-March at the moment, which would be ahead of schedule. Then all I can do is get back and play for Exeter and get a few games before the end of the season. If I can hit some form then I will keep my fingers crossed I can get on that tour [of Australia in June].”

This is remarkable considering the severity of the injury; one which broadcaster BT elected not to show the replay of.

Slade will not feature in the Six Nations, but the England tour of Australia in June is most definitely the goal.

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