With Eddie Jones, the new England boss, getting himself sorted out for the run into the upcoming championship he’ll have to contend with not having some of the brightest talents on hand when the time arrives due to numerous injuries besetting his likely selection choices.
With the Six Nations looming ever closer there are lots of players in England that have been hoping the November appointment of Eddie Jones, one time boss of both Australia and Japan, might see their chances of playing in an England shirt improve, but if you’re playing rugby in the UK gambling laws of averages won’t see you hit the pitch for the national side, think again. It just might happen.
Numerous injuries to some key players has left Jones having to cast his nets a little further afield than usual and this will make for an interesting tournament for those of us that like to hit up Bet365 to place the odd wager on the Rugby, as replacements try to make their mark when filling the shoes of those unable to make the fitness grade.
The list is actually becoming almost worrying with Bath’s Dave Attwood and Leicester’s Ed Slater already ruled out of the championship earlier this week, adding them to names like Kieran Brookes from Northampton, and both Henry Slade and Dave Ewers from Exeter, who are all out of the running with numerous injuries and several operations pending.
Numerous Injuries Plague England’s Rugby Side
The latest to join them and strike a blow for Jones’ dreams is winger Jonny May after the knee injury he picked up against Harlequins when playing for Gloucester needed an operation. The press release about it pointedly underlining the implications. “Jonny May,” said the club statement, “will be ruled out of the remainder of the campaign.”
“Jonny has shown in the past when he has been injured that he will work hard and I have no doubt we will see him back performing and shining in Gloucester colors.” said director of rugby at Gloucester, but with numerous injuries besetting the national side that’s cold comfort.
England remain favorites to take the title with the bookies like Bet365 giving England 7/4, Ireland 11/4, Wales 16/5, France 9/2, Scotland a slightly unfair 14/1 and Italy way, way, way back at 350/1 to take the tournament’s trophy and if you like to bet on sports in the UK, the Six Nations will be an event not to miss.