Sat 17 Sep 2022 | 08:34

Injury concerns for England ahead of Bok visit

Injury concerns for England ahead of Bok visit
Sat 17 Sep 2022 | 08:34
Injury concerns for England ahead of Bok visit

SATURDAY WRAP: Flank Sam Underhill is set to miss England’s year-end Tests because of a shoulder problem that requires surgery.


The Bath forward, who has won 29 caps, is expected to be sidelined for 12 weeks.

Such a spell out of the game would mean the 26-year-old not being available for England’s November appointments with Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.

Underhill suffered a concussion during England’s second Test victory over Australia in Brisbane two months ago and he was ruled out of the series decider a week later.

“Sam Underhill is to undergo surgery on a shoulder issue,” Bath said.

“The operation will see the Bath Rugby back row forward sidelined for approximately twelve weeks.”

The absence of Underhill is a blow for England head coach Eddie Jones as the countdown to next year’s World Cup in France continues to gather pace.


The openside flank, Underhill, started the World Cup Final when England lost to South Africa in 2019, and Jones will hope to see him fit and firing for the Six Nations Championship later this season.

Bath, meanwhile, confirmed that three times-capped England prop Beno Obano has undergone knee surgery, although no timescale has been put on his recovery.

“The club can also confirm Beno Obano’s knee injury required surgery, which was successful,” Bath added.

“He will now begin his rehabilitation with the Bath Rugby medical staff.”


* Meanwhile Nemani Nadolo scored two tries as defending champions Leicester beat Newcastle 36-21 for their first win of the Premiership season.

Tigers took the lead within three minutes from a James Cronin try but Falcons hit back with two of their own through Josh Barton and George McGuigan.

Fijian Nadolo also set up a Chris Ashton try with a sublime pass to give Tigers the lead at the break but Falcons scored early in the second through Mateo Carreras to set up an edgy final 30.

However, a Jimmy Gopperth penalty and Olly Cracknell’s converted try inside the final ten minutes handed the Tigers the bonus-point victory and condemned the Falcons to their second successive defeat.

All the Saturday scorers and scorers below

Northampton Saints 38-22 London Irish

The scorers

For Northampton Saints
Tries: Augustus, Sleightholme, Mitchell, Furbank
Cons: Grayson 2, Furbank
Pens: Grayson 2, Furbank 2

For London Irish
Tries: Joseph, Hassell-Collins, Penalty
Cons: Englefield
Pens: Jackson

The teams:

Northampton: 15 George Furbank, 14 Ollie Sleightholme, 13 Matt Proctor, 12 Rory Hutchinson, 11 Tom Collins, 10 Dan Biggar (captain), 9 Alex Mitchell, 8 Juarno Augustus, 7 Aaron Hinkley, 6 Alex Coles, 5 Alex Moon, 4 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 3 Paul Hill, 2 Sam Matavesi, 1 Alex Waller..
Replacements: 16 Mike Haywood, 17 Emmanuel Iyogun, 18 Alfie Petch, 19 Brandon Nansen, 20 Angus Scott-Young, 21 Callum Braley, 22 Tom Litchfield, 23 Courtnall Skosan.

London Irish: 15 Henry Arundell, 14 Ben Loader, 13 Curtis Rona, 12 Benhard van Rensburg, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Paddy Jackson, 9 Ben White, 8 Matt Rogerson, 7 Tom Pearson, 6 Ben Donnell, 5 Adam Coleman (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Lovejoy Chawatama, 2 Matt Cornish, 1 Facundo Gigena.
Replacements: 16 Isaac Miller, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Ciaran Parker, 19 Api Ratuniyarawa, 20 Chandler Cunningham-South, 21 Caolan Englefield, 22 Luca Morisi, 23 Will Joseph.

Referee: Luke Pearce
Assistant referees: Andrew Jackson, John Meredith

Bath 20-37 Sale Sharks

The scorers

For Bath
Tries: Cokanasiga, De Glanville
Cons: Francis 2
Pens: Francis 2

For Sale Sharks
Tries: O’Flaherty, Van der Merwe, T Curry, Ross
Cons: R du Preez 4
Pens: R du Preez 3

The teams:

Bath: 15 Tom de Glanville, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Cameron Redpath, 11 Will Muir, 10 Piers Francis, 9 Ben Spencer (captain), 8 Jaco Coetzee, 7 Wesley White, 6 Josh Bayliss, 5 Josh McNally, 4 Dave Attwood, 3 Aranos Coetzee, 2 Tom Dunn, 1 Lewis Boyce.
Replacements: 16 Tom Doughty, 17 Juan Schoeman, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Will Spencer, 20 GJ van Velze, 21 Louis Schreuder, 22 Orlando Bailey, 23 Richard de Carpentier.

Sale: 15 Luke James, 14 Tom Roebuck, 13 Sam James, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Tom O’Flaherty, 10 Robert du Preez, 9 Gus Warr, 8 Daniel du Preez, 7 Ben Curry (captain), 6 Jean-Luc du Preez, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Cobus Wiese, 3 Nick Schonert, 2 Armand van der Merwe, 1 Simon McIntyre.
Replacements: 16 Ewan Ashman, 17 Ross Harrison, 18 James Harper, 19 Jono Ross, 20 Tom Curry, 21 Joe Simpson, 22 Tom Curtis, 23 Arron Reed.

Referee: Christophe Ridley
Assistant referees: Hamish Smales, Gareth Holsgrove
TMO: David Rose

Harlequins 27-30 Saracens

The scorers

For Harlequins
Tries: Murley 2, Marchant
Cons: Allan 3
Pens: Allan 2

For Saracens
Tries: Daly, Malins 2, Tompkins
Cons: Farrell 2
Pens: Farrell, Daly

The teams:

Harlequins: 15 Tyrone Green, 14 Joe Marchant, 13 Luke Northmore, 12 Lennox Anyanwu, 11 Cadan Murley, 10 Tommy Allan, 9 Lewis Gjaltema, 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Will Evans, 6 Jack Kenningham, 5 Irne Herbst, 4 George Hammond, 3 Will Collier, 2 George Head, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Simon Kerrod, 18 Wilco Louw, 19 Dino Lamb, 20 Archie White, 21 Jack Stafford, 22 Will Edwards, 23 Hayden Hyde.

Saracens: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Max Malins, 13 Alex Lozowski, 12 Nick Tompkins, 11 Alex Lewington, 10 Owen Farrell (captain), 9 Ivan van Zyl, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Ben Earl, 6 Theo McFarland, 5 Hugh Tizard, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Christian Judge, 2 Tom Woolstencroft, 1 Eroni Mawi.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Alec Clarey, 19 Andy Christie, 20 Jackson Wray, 21 Aled Davies, 22 Manu Vunipola, 23 Duncan Taylor.

Referee: Tom Foley
Assistant referees: Anthony Woodthorpe, Jamie Leahy
TMO: Stuart Terheege

Leicester Tigers 36-21 Newcastle Falcons

The scorers

Leicester Tigers
Tries: Cronin, Nadolo 2, Ashton, Cracknell
Cons: Gopperth 4
Pen: Gopperth

For Newcastle Falcons
Tries: Barton, McGuigan, Carreras
Cons: Connon 3

The teams:

Leicester: 15 Chris Ashton, 14 Harry Potter, 13 Matt Scott, 12 Guy Porter, 11 Nemani Nadolo, 10 Jimmy Gopperth, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Hanro Liebenberg (captain), 7 Ollie Chessum, 6 George Martin, 5 Calum Green, 4 Harry Wells, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Charlie Clare, 1 James Cronin.
Replacements: 16 Joe Taufete’e, 17 Francois van Wyk, 18 Joe Heyes, 19 Olly Cracknell, 20 Tommy Reffell, 21 Jack van Poortvliet, 22 Phil Cokanasiga, 23 Kini Murimurivalu.

Newcastle: 15 Alex Tait, 14 Adam Radwan, 13 George Wacokecoke, 12 Pete Lucock, 11 Nathan Earle, 10 Brett Connon, 9 Josh Barton, 8 Carl Fearns, 7 Jamie Blamire, 6 Will Welch (captain), 5 Sean Robinson, 4 Greg Peterson, 3 Trevor Davison, 2 George McGuigan, 1 Phil Brantingham.
Replacements: 16 Charlie Maddison, 17 Conrad Cade, 18 Mark Tampin, 19 Sebastian de Chaves, 20 Connor Collett, 21 Cameron Nordli-Kelemeti, 22 Tian Schoeman, 23 Mateo Carreras.

Referee: Craig Maxwell-Keys
Assistant referees: Greg Macdonald, Wayne Falla
TMO: Sara Cox

Wasps 8-23 Bristol Bears

The scorers

For Wasps
Try: Cruse
Pen: Atkinson

For Bristol Bears
Tries: Sheedy, Bradbury
Cons: Sheedy 2
Pen: Sheedy 2
DG: Sheedy

The teams:

Wasps: 15 Ali Crossdale, 14 Zach Kibirige, 13 Sam Spink, 12 Burger Odendaal, 11 Josh Bassett, 10 Charlie Atkinson, 9 Will Porter, 8 Alfie Barbeary, 7 Jack Willis, 6 Tom Willis, 5 Kiran McDonald, 4 Joe Launchbury (captain), 3 John Ryan, 2 Tom Cruse, 1 Robin Hislop.
Replacements: 16 Dan Frost, 17 Tom West, 18 Biyi Alo, 19 Tim Cardall, 20 Nizaam Carr, 21 Dan Robson, 22 Ryan Mills, 23 Will Haydon-Wood.

Bristol: 15 Charles Piutau, 14 Luke Morahan, 13 Piers O’Conor, 12 Sam Bedlow, 11 Jack Bates, 10 Callum Sheedy, 9 Harry Randall, 8 Magnus Bradbury, 7 Jake Heenan (captain), 6 Sam Jeffries, 5 Chris Vui, 4 Joe Joyce, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Will Capon, 1 Jake Woolmore.
Replacements: 16 Bryan Byrne, 17 Yann Thomas, 18 Max Lahiff, 19 Ed Holmes, 20 Sam Lewis, 21 Andy Uren, 22 AJ MacGinty, 23 Rich Lane.

Referee: Karl Dickson
Assistant referees: George Selwood, James Clarke
TMO: Rowan Kitt


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