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England Injury Count Rises As Joe Marler Ruled Out

The bad news just keeps on coming for Eddie Jones and England, as it appears that Joe Marler will miss the entire Six Nations.

With Chris Robshaw, Manu Tuilagi and the Vunipola brothers already out of action, it is being reported that Joe Marler will join the absentee list for the upcoming championship. The loosehead prop has suffered a suspected fractured leg, which leaves the Red Rose depleted on that side of the scrum.

England open their campaign at home to France, as they look to continue their remarkable run of 14 consecutive test wins. Many are predicting that all roads lead to Dublin for a Grand Slam showdown against Ireland on the final day of the tournament, but there is a lot of rugby to be played between now and then.

The fact that Jones’ first two choices at loosehead prop will be unavailable means that the English scrum will be significantly weakened.

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 27: Joe Marler of Harlequins is tackled by Billy Twelvetrees (R) and Billy Burns of Gloucester during the Aviva Premiership Big Game 9 match between Harlequins and Gloucester Rugby at Twickenham Stadium on December 27, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Charlie Crowhurst/Getty Images for Harlequins)

The Daily Mail are suggesting that Marler may return for the second half of the Six Nations, but in the interim Jones may be forced to hand a first test start to Leicester prop Ellis Genge.

While the alarm bells are not quite yet ringing, the Twickenham faithful will be praying that the rest of their players will come through the next few weeks unscathed ahead of the tournament.

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