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Wounded Tiger to miss Six Nations

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Ed Slater is out for the start of Six Nations with a leg injury

Just when he was catching the eye of the new England coach, Leicester Tigers forward Ed Slater has suffered a knee injury that will keep him out of the Six Nations Championship.

He damaged the ligaments in his right knee in Saturday’s loss against top-of-the-table Saracens. This is another blow for the Tigers’ captain as he missed the start of the 2014/15 season with a knee problem that required surgery.

Director of Rugby Richard Cockerill told BBC Radio Leicester that he would not be able to play for six to eight weeks.

“He has a medial injury on the inside of his right knee. It is not a horrifically bad injury; it’s a pretty straightforward one.

“It’s not ideal but that’s the game.”

S2Many rugby fans had tipped Slater to make the England team. He’s a very powerful forward who can play second-row or blind side flanker. With Bath lock Dave Attwood (see photograph) also out after neck surgery, Eddie Jones’ selection choices have narrowed.

England kick off their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Murrayfield on February 6, with the new coach set to name his squad next week.

 

Josh D, Year 6

Heighington Millfield Primary Academy

4 Responses to Wounded Tiger to miss Six Nations

  1. admin January 6, 2016 at 9:19 am

    Yes, this is very unfortunate, Josh. Slater is a real powerhouse of a player. I don’t think he’s quick enough to play at 7, but think he would have got in at 6 – although he would have been competing with Robshaw, who surely will not play at 7 for Eddie Jones.

    A well-written article.

    Bill Thompson
    YJA Senior Editor

  2. Mark Smith January 6, 2016 at 4:36 pm

    Good report, factual and easy to read. Well done!

    Mark Smith

  3. Jake January 7, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Great article. Good detail on the injury.

  4. Will January 7, 2016 at 2:09 pm

    Great article Josh. I can’t believe he was injured around the same time last year.