Farrell ruled out of RBS 6 Nations

  • Fly half suffered high-grade medial ligament strain at weekend
  • Quartet of Barritt, Eastmond, Parling and Wood also injured

England fly half Owen Farrell will miss the 2015 RBS 6 Nations after suffering a knee ligament injury at the weekend.

The 23 year-old was forced from the field in the 18th minute of Saracens’ 18-6 defeat at Clermont Auvergne and was seen by a specialist yesterday evening. Investigations revealed the 29-Test man has a high-grade medial ligament strain and will be out for the duration of the Championship.

Bath Rugby’s George Ford wore the No.10 jersey for last two QBE Internationals against Samoa and Australia last November and will compete with the other fly halves in camp, Northampton Saints’ Stephen Myler and Sale Sharks’ Danny Cipriani, for the starting berth against Wales.

England Head Coach Stuart Lancaster said: “It’s a real shame for Owen that he sustained this injury and we wish him the best for his recovery. We are fortunate to have three other No 10s in the squad in what is a very competitive position and we will look forward to seeing how they go over the Six Nations.”

England start the RBS 6 Nations at the Millennium Stadium in Cardiff on Friday, 6 February and with a five-match tournament soon underway, there are also concerns over a quartet of injured players.

Lancaster confirmed that Saracens centre Brad Barritt and Leicester Tigers lock Geoff Parling will not train on Wednesday as they continue to be treated for knee medial ligament strains. Also, Northampton Saints back row Tom Wood (ankle) and Bath Rugby centre Kyle Eastmond (shoulder) will not train on Wednesday and are set to undergo further specialist assessments later in the week.

Lancaster added: “Brad and Geoff are making encouraging progress and should be available, selection permitting, to play a significant part in the RBS 6 Nations. We’ll know more on Kyle and Tom later in the week when they have had further assessments.”   

England’s 2015 RBS 6 Nations fixtures

Friday, 6 February: Wales v England, Millennium Stadium, 8:05pm
Saturday, 14 February: England v Italy, Twickenham Stadium, 2:30pm
Sunday, 1 March: Ireland v England, Aviva Stadium, 3pm
Saturday, 14 March, England v Scotland, Twickenham Stadium, 5pm
Saturday, 21 March, England v France, Twickenham Stadium, 5pm