Robshaw adds to England's woes
Former England captain Chris Robshaw has been ruled out of the upcoming Six Nations as he requires surgery to repair the damage to his left shoulder. The flanker was injured during Harlequins' 24-17 Aviva Premiership defeat at Worcester Warriors on New Year's Day and subsequent scans have confirmed the need for an operation, with Robshaw set for around three months out of action.
A short statement from Quins read: "Chris Robshaw will undergo surgery on his left shoulder to repair an injury sustained in the match against Worcester Warriors on New Year's Day. He is expected to be out of competitive action for around 12 weeks." Robshaw has won more than 50 caps for his country to date and led the side for four years before being replaced by Dylan Hartley 12 months ago.
England head coach Eddie Jones already has a number of other injury problems to contend with, with Mako and Billy Vunipola both likely to miss the entire Six Nations with knee injuries, while locks Joe Launchbury (calf) and George Kruis (cheekbone) are also currently sidelined.
James Haskell gave Jones more reason for concern at the weekend, as his return to action after knee surgery ended after less than a minute, with the back-row forward knocked out a matter of seconds after coming on as a replacement for Wasps against Leicester Tigers.
Meanwhile, the Red Rose open their Six Nations campaign against France at Twickenham on Saturday 4th February, with England defending the title they won in style last season by completing a Grand Slam. England are priced at 4/5 to win the Six Nations outright and are available at 2/1 to repeat their Grand Slam of 2016, with the Red Rose 1/6 to make a winning start against the French at Twickenham.