England No 8 Ben Morgan to miss Six Nations after leg surgery

Gloucester star could miss rest of the season after breaking his leg against Saracens in the Premiership on Friday

England number eight Ben Morgan is expected to miss their Six Nations campaign after fracturing his left leg.

The 25-year-old, who agreed a new deal with Gloucester Rugby earlier this week, was stretchered off (pictured) and given oxygen in the second half of the club’s 24-23 Aviva Premiership win over Saracens at Kingsholm on Friday night.

Morgan has suffered a fracture to his lower left leg and had surgery performed on Saturday morning.

Gloucester Rugby statement

David Humphreys, Gloucester’s director of rugby, confirmed after the match that Morgan has sustained a lower leg injury, with the player expected to have a medical review over the weekend ahead of meeting a specialist to assess the damage.

But the club issued a follow-up on Saturday evening to confirm that Morgan had already undergone surgery.

“Morgan has suffered a fracture to his lower left leg and had surgery performed on Saturday morning,” read a club statement.

“He will commence an appropriate rehabilitation programme for this type of injury over the coming weeks.”

With England’s Six Nations campaign set to begin against Wales in Cardiff on Friday 6 February, the injury will be a blow to head coach Stuart Lancaster, who is set to name his squad on Wednesday 21 January.

Morgan, who has 27 caps, was England’s best player during last November’s QBE Internationals, and was set to again push Saracens’ counterpart Billy Vunipola for the number eight jersey.

When I spoke to Stuart about Nick last year, he said he wanted to know whether Nick would be playing at the time of the World Cup. He will and he wants to play for England again, something his performances merit.

Conor O’Shea

Exeter Chiefs number eight Thomas Waldrom, who is the Premiership’s leading try-scorer this season with nine scores in 12 matches, could be the beneficiary after being involved with the England set-up during the autumn internationals.

However, Conor O’Shea, Harlequins directory of rugby, has been banging the drum for 36-year-old Nick Easter, who was man of the match in Quins’ win over Leicester Tigers at the Stoop earlier today.

But Easter has not played for the Red Rose during the Lancaster era, with his 47th and last cap coming in England’s 19-12 quarter-final defeat to France at the 2011 Rugby World Cup.

“Nick is not just world class but out of this world,” O’Shea said.

“He is in great shape, has just signed another two-year contract with us and, when I spoke to Stuart about Nick last year, he said he wanted to know whether Nick would be playing at the time of the World Cup.

“He will and he wants to play for England again, something his performances merit.”

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