Farrell in injury scare ahead of Scotland clash

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 14:58

NEWS: Owen Farrell gave England an injury scare just two days before their Calcutta Cup clash against Scotland at Twickenham when he limped out of training on Thursday.

Farrell, England's first-choice goalkicker and named at inside centre in the team announced earlier Thursday, received treatment and was withdrawn from the Six Nations champions' final training session at their Bagshot base, southwest of London.

England coach Eddie Jones told a news conference later that Farrell was doubtful for Saturday's match but moments afterwards said he would be "alright" to face Scotland.

"He could be in doubt," said Jones when asked about the 25-year-old Farrell's fitness.

"He's got a bad leg, so he couldn't finish training.

"He'll be alright."

When it was put to Jones he had just said Farrell was a doubt, the Australian snapped back: "Yeah, but I think he'll be alright. Is that OK?"

Jones, asked about possible alternatives, insisted: "We've got plenty of back-ups.

"Ben Te'o can play 12, he's an exceptional player. There's no risk for us."

Agence France-Presse

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