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:

 

England:

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

 

Scotland:

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

 

Wales:

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

 

France:

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

 

Ireland:

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

 

Italy:

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!