Hughes, Daly to miss start of Six Nations

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    Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly will miss at least the first half of England’s Six Nations title defence through injury.

    The Wasps pair limped off in Sunday’s Champions Cup rout of La Rochelle at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and although neither player requires surgery, they face extended spells in the treatment room.

    A specialist has confirmed that No.8 Hughes will take eight to 10 weeks to recover from his knee problem while the prognosis for Daly’s sprained ankle is 10-12 weeks of rehabilitation – potentially ruling the wing out of the entire Six Nations.

    England open their campaign against Italy in Rome on February 4 before hosting Wales a week later and travelling to Scotland on February 24 prior to the tournament pausing for a fortnight.

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    • December 22nd 2017 @ 9:54am
      Cynical Play said | December 22nd 2017 @ 9:54am | ! Report

      Injury Crisis?
      Is is happening here?
      Are we looking after the players?
      What price constant compeition?

      Shaun McMahon predicts he won’t last past 30

    • December 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am
      Jumbo said | December 22nd 2017 @ 10:09am | ! Report

      These’s guys spend too much time in the gym, maybe rugby should go back to semi pro and these guys have to train after work and juggle family life. Bring them back to reality, harden up, play for the love of the game not the mighty dollar, blood was washed from the mouth with beer and concussions were fixed with a couple nights sleep.

      • December 23rd 2017 @ 1:07pm
        Cynical Play said | December 23rd 2017 @ 1:07pm | ! Report

      • December 24th 2017 @ 9:51pm
        Train Without A Station said | December 24th 2017 @ 9:51pm | ! Report

        Such an ill informed comment.

        Professionalism came about partially due to the increased demands on the players time interfering with careers.

        And as to you alluding to how easy they have it, one bad day at work and it can change their entire career. One bad day at work for you and I andnwe get 4 more chances to make up for it before Saturday.

        As a guy that in his youth worked construction where 60 hour weeks were the norm I can say that was still not as demanding on you as being a professional rugby player.

        If I turned up hungover and didn’t do a lot, I didn’t get dropped for the weekend. I didn’t have to worry about being in peak physical condition for Saturday, then Sunday recovery session. I didn’t have my skinfolds tested or anything else. I turned up, did my job then went home and didn’t have to worry about it until I turned up again tomorrow.

        But also how does their job work when they are overseas on tour? Which for a Wallaby can be about 10-12 weeks of the year?

    • December 24th 2017 @ 4:27pm
      cuw said | December 24th 2017 @ 4:27pm | ! Report

      one issue is that most of these guys carry injuries while playing. i think it was Dagg who said , that they are never 100% and play on with “niggles”.

      problem is that niggles turn into long term injuries that affect badly. for eg. Hughes has had that bad knee for a couple of months now ; i recall he injured it very early in Aviva season.

      rugger needs to be more like footy and take care of players as much as possible – meaning playing them only when fit. i guess it is a problem with the money side , given the sta players are paid high on one side and they are the ones who bring fans in on the other side.

      also they are the ones who play much more – with both club and country games sandwiched. a good start will be reduction of the number of games. per year.

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