England's Willis set for a 'long time out' after suffering knee injury

England’s Jack Willis set for a ‘long time out’ after suffering horror knee injury in victory against Italy

  • Wasps flanker Jack Willis is set for a lengthy spell out after suffering knee injury 
  • England star Willis was hurt when Sebastian Negri twisted him out of a ruck
  • Kyle Sinckler has earned praise from Eddie Jones for taming his wild side 

Jack Willis is facing a ‘long time out’ after the Wasps flanker suffered a horror injury to his left knee which left him screaming in agony on the Twickenham pitch.

Moments after scoring a try against Italy, the 24-year-old was badly hurt when Sebastian Negri twisted him out of a ruck as Willis was competing to win the ball.

He was taken off on a stretcher and had a scan on Sunday, which revealed significant damage.

Jack Willis is set for a lengthy spell on the sidelines after suffering a horror knee injury

Speaking after his side’s win at Worcester on Sunday, Wasps head coach Lee Blackett said: ‘It sounds like he has done quite a few things with his knee. It’s pretty serious, but it looks like he has not done his ACL (anterior cruciate ligament). He will spend a long time out, I should imagine.’ 

It is another cruel setback for a superb young player whose Test debut was delayed by an injury to his right knee in 2018. 

England head coach Eddie Jones said: ‘We all feel for him. He will get his scan and diagnosis, then he has to rehab and get back — and he will. He’s a good young lad and he’s going to be a good player, but this is an unfortunate setback for him.’ 

George Ford said: ‘It’s gutting to see one of your mates in so much pain, but we’ll be there to support him. He’ll come back from this.’ 

Shortly after scoring a try, Willis was badly hurt when Sebastian Negri twisted him out of a ruck

Negri offered a public apology yesterday when he tweeted: ‘A quick message to Jack Willis. So sorry about what happened yesterday. Just horrible and never nice to see. I hope to see you back on the field again soon.’

Lewis Ludlam of Northampton is likely to be summoned from England’s ‘shadow’ squad.

Kyle Sinckler has earned acclaim for how he tamed his wild streak. The Bristol prop was man of the match against Italy despite missing the opener against Scotland for swearing at a referee.

England head coach Eddie Jones praised Sinckler’s improved maturity, saying: ‘He was a hot-headed type with a lot of potential and now we’re seeing a maturing, professional and committed player who is producing performances consistently.’

Man-of-the-match Kyle Sinckler was praised by Eddie Jones for how he has tamed his wild side

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