Un­der­hill out of Six Na­tions af­ter op

The Rugby Paper - - News - By SAM JACK­SON

SAM UN­DER­HILL is set to miss the Six Na­tions af­ter hav­ing an­kle surgery.

The 22-year-old Eng­land open­side was in­jured dur­ing Bath’s vic­tory over Le­ices­ter on De­cem­ber 30 and is ex­pected to be out for up to three months.

That would see him miss the tour­na­ment, which starts on Fri­day Fe­bru­ary 1 and ends on Satur­day March 16.

Un­der­hill fea­tured in three of the Au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als.

In bet­ter news for Eng­land, Sara­cens’ Maro Itoje, has re­turned to ac­tion.

The 24-year-old se­cond row has not played since chip­ping his kneecap in the Au­tumn matches.

“It was a weird one be­cause I could run, I could jump, I could do ev­ery­thing I needed to do – with pain,” he said.

“All the mark­ers you would test for in­jury, I passed them all. There was a bit of dis­com­fort, then it eased, then it came back.

“It wasn’t get­ting any bet­ter so we had a deeper look and the re­sults came up.”

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