Saracens lock George Kruis has become the latest player to join the long-list of injuries for England Rugby Head Coach Eddie Jones ahead of the 2016 Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals at Twickenham.
Kruis has been an ever-present for Jones playing in all five RBS Six Nations games before playing a key-role in the 3-0 summer tour win over Australia. Kruis has started this season in blistering form and was outstanding in Saracens defeat of Toulon in the European Champions Cup.
However it later emerged that the 26-year-old had suffered an ankle injury which required surgery, ruling him out for a “number of weeks” according to Saracens boss Mark McCall.
Kruis is the latest star to suffer an injury ahead of the Autumn Internationals and will join the likes of James Haskell, Jack Nowell, Anthony Watson, Jack Clifford, Sam Jones, Manu Tuilagi and Luke Cowan-Dickie.
It is certainly a concern for Eddie Jones, fortunately England are blessed with a plethora of world-class locks with the Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes and Dave Atwood all more than capable of filling the boots of Kruis.
Rugby League Convert Josh Charnley Hopes To Earn England Call
Former Rugby League star Josh Charnley is hoping to win a place in the England squad as he prepares for his first training session with the Sale Sharks.
Charnley has spent his entire career with leagues’ most famous club the Wigan Warriors, but announced he would be switching to Rugby Union earlier in the year – reviving memories of the last convert to join Sale from Wigan, Jason Robinson.
The flying winger boasts an impressive strike-rate in for both club and country in the other code, with 149 tries in 151 appearances for Wigan and eight tries in seven appearances for England.
After signing of his Wigan career in perfect fashion with the winning try in the Super League Grand Final, sights now turn to Sale and England. Charnley said: “It is good playing for your country and I have done it in rugby league.
“Pulling on that jersey is huge honour and it is what players aspire to get to.”
“I think I am going to stay at wing/full back. If I can’t handle them they will probably move me in a little bit.
“I’ve never played [rugby union] before. It is more of a northern thing rugby league, so I am looking forward to it. It is going to be a huge challenge but it is one of those I am going to commit to.”
If he makes a smooth transition England could have a real star on their hands.
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