• Six Nations 2018 Injury List

    Rugby Union’s Six Nations kicks off for another edition this Saturday with player injuries at the forefront of the of almost all pre-tournament discussion.

    England head in to Europe’s premier international competition potentially missing up to as many as 15 players for their opener against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

    Star no.8 Billy Vunipola is already ruled out, and this spate of injuries, not just to England but to all of the nations involved, is giving rise to discussions of player protection and safety.

    England coach Eddie Jones this week said that some of the nations involvement in the Lions tour could have played a factor, but any way you look at it, there’s rarely been a longer list of injuries ahead of the competition.

    RFU statistics reveal that 44 professional players playing in England have quit the game in the last three years alone, with concussion, and the realities of it in later life, finally being acknowledged in a serious way.

    In fact, some players are starting to heed the warnings of doctors, like full-back Peter Murchie, who won three caps for Scotland, deciding to retire off the back of medical advice after suffering several head injuries over the last few seasons.

    Be it concussion or an impact injury such as Vunipola’s broken arm, questions may have to be asked whether the impact and force dished out by today’s super athletes is starting to go beyond the tipping point of what the human body can reasonably sustain on a consistent basis.

    Players are constantly getting bigger, stronger and faster. Meaning when they do collide, the results are even more devastating than in previous years.

    Injuries are always going to be part of the game, as with any sport that requires physical movement, but to demonstrate why the game may need to at least to acknowledge the growing problem, if not have an all-out rethink, take a look at the six nations injury list below:



    Billy Vunipola – Broken Arm – OUT

    Tom Curry – Wrist – OUT

    Semesa Rokoduguni – Shoulder – OUT

    Elliot Daly – Ankle – OUT

    Nathan Hughes – Knee – DOUBTFUL

    Ellis Genge – Shoulder – DOUBTFUL

    Henry Slade – Shoulder – DOUBTFUL

    Beno Obano – Knee – COULD FEATURE

    Chris Robshaw – Back – COULD FEATURE

    Mike Brown – Eye – COULD FEATURE

    Will Spencer – Ankle – COULD FEATURE

    Kyle Sincker – Hamstring – COULD FEATURE

    Jack Nowell – Ankle – COULD FEATURE

    Matt Mullan – Ribs – COULD FEATURE

    Piers Francis – Concussion – COULD FEATURE



    WP Nel – Broken Arm – OUT

    Zander Ferguson – Foot Injury – OUT

    George Turner – Knee Ligament – OUT

    Al Dickinson – Knee – OUT

    Ross Ford – Pectoral – OUT

    Fraser Brown – Concussion – OUT

    Allan Dell – Groin – DOUBTFUL

    Darryl Marfo – Back – COULD FEATURE

    Ritchie Gray – Calf – COULD FEATURE

    Alex Dunbar – Concussion – COULD FEATURE



    Rhys Webb – Knee – OUT

    Jonathan Davies – Foot – OUT

    Dan Lydiate – Knee – OUT

    Rhys Priestland – Hamstring – OUT

    Dan Biggar – Shoulder – DOUBTFUL

    Taulupe Faletau – Knee – DOUBTFUL

    Liam Williams – Abdominal – COULD FEATURE

    George North – Knee – COULD FEATURE

    Hallam Amos – Ankle – COULD FEATURE



    Camille Lopez – Broken Ankle – OUT

    Judicael Cancoriet – Ankle – OUT

    Gabriel Lacroix – ACL – OUT

    Damian Penaud – Broken Foot – OUT

    Charles Ollivon – Broken Shoulder – OUT

    Wesley Fofana – Herniated Disc – OUT

    Morgan Perra – Knee – COULD FEATURE

    Loann Goujon – Hamstring – COULD FEATURE

    Fabien Sanconnie – Knee – COULD FEATURE



    Rhys Ruddock – Hamstring – OUT

    Tommy O’Donnell – Shoulder – OUT

    Jared Payne – Migraines – OUT

    Jamie Heaslip – Back – OUT

    Garry Ringrose – Ankle – DOUBTFUL

    Sean O’Brien – Hip – DOUBTFUL

    Niall Scannell – Thumb – DOUBTFUL

    Dave Kilcoyne – Knee – COULD FEATURE

    Luke Marshall – Achilles – COULD FEATURE

    Finlay Bealham – Knee – COULD FEATURE

    Craig Gilroy – Broken Cheekbone – COULD FEATURE



    Michele Campagnaro – Knee Ligament – OUT

    Angelo Esposito – ACL – OUT

    Ornel Gega – Knee – OUT

    Federico Zani – Calf – COULD FEATURE


    If you would like more information on rugby injuries, why not check out our ‘Five Common Rugby Injuries’ page and find out how you can prevent and treat anything that comes your way!