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.
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.