Wales v England: Maro Itoje ruled out of Six Nations showdown

By Chris Jones

BBC rugby union correspondent

Itoje joined in England’s celebrations on crutches after the victory over Eire
Six International locations: Wales v England
Venue: Principality Stadium, Cardiff Date: Saturday, 23 February Kick-off: 16:forty five GMT
Coverage: Reside on BBC One, S4C, BBC Radio 5 reside, BBC Radio Wales, BBC Radio Cymru & BBC Sport internet location and BBC Sport app, plus reside text commentary.

2nd row Maro Itoje has been ruled out of England’s Six International locations match with Wales on Saturday due to his knee damage.

The 24-365 days-worn Saracens lock sustained medial ligament damage during England’s 32-20 snatch over Eire in Dublin.

It used to be repeatedly view unlikely Itoje will most certainly be fit to face Wales and no topic a quicker than anticipated restoration, he would perhaps presumably not be on hand in Cardiff.

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Itoje’s persevered absence system Wasps’ Joe Launchbury is effect to proceed as a replace, with Courtney Lawes of Northampton joining Saracens’ George Kruis within the second row for Eddie Jones’ starting crew.

Victory towards Warren Gatland’s aspect would receive England strong favourites for the title with fits towards Italy and Scotland to advance.

England defence coach John Mitchell said on Monday that Itoje used to be “progressing with out a doubt successfully”.

“We’re very encouraged by what we see,” he added.

Nonetheless Saturday’s game at the Principality Stadium comes too quickly for the Lions forward.

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