England skipper a doubt for Six Nations clash –

EnglandrugbyunionhaveaninjurydoubtovertheircaptainDylanHartleyaheadoftheirmostwinSixNationsmatchagainstFranceonSaturday。

ThehookerHartley,whobecomeoneofEngland’smostcappedplayersintherecentdefeattoScotland,hasbeenunabletotrainfullyupuntilyesterdayduetoacalfissuewhichisbeingmonitoredaheadoftomorrow’steamannouncement。

ExeterPropforwardHarryWilliamshasalsoreportedtobesufferingfromasimilarissue

DefinitelymissingtheFrenchgameisBritishandIrishLionswingerJackNowellwhoturnedhisankleintrainingearlierthisweekandisknowbeingruledoutfortheremainderofthetournament,whileBathflankerSamUnderhillisalsoruledoutofthisweekendsgameatleastaftersufferingatoeinjuryintrainingandalongwithNowellhasbeensentbacktotheirclubsfortreatment。

ThepairhadplayedinallthreeofEngland’sgamessofarduringthistournamentcomingbeingusedoffthebenchtogoodeffectbyheadcoachEddieJones。

AlthoughJamieGeorgeisexpectedtotakeDylan’sstartingspotshouldhefailtorecoverintimeasaprecautionaryLukeCowan-DickiehasalsobeencalledupintothesquadtocoverDylan,whilethereturnofKyleSinckleralreadyprovidescoverforWilliams?

WithregardstothecaptaincyOwenFarrellwouldleadtheteaminHartley’sabsence。

Othernewsabouttheexpected23mansquadisthereturnofSamSimmondswhomissedtheScotlandgameduetoinjury,whileexperiencedflankerJamesHaskellcouldseehimselfrecalledtotheteamaftermissingoutagainstScotland。

AnotherpossiblerecallcouldseeElliotDalyreturntofillNowell’splaceonthebenchashehasnowrecoveredfromhisownankleandcalfissuesthathavekepthimsidelinedrecently。

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