Billy Vunipola at risk of missing Six Nations after suffering broken arm

Billy Vunipola has broken his arm sparking a back-row crisis for England ahead of Six Nations

Billy Vunipola has broken his arm sparking a back-row crisis for England ahead of Six Nations

England were handed a double Six Nations headache on Saturday after European Champions Cup action saw flanker James Haskell red-carded and No 8 Billy Vunipola suffer another injury setback.

The 25-year-old picked up the injury in his club side's 15-15 draw with Ospreys in the European Champions Cup on Saturday evening, forcing him to make way midway through the match.

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It not only leaves Saracens without one of their best players again this season - having only deployed Vunipola four times this season in which two of those ended in long-term injury - but also robs England of their starting No 8 just three weeks before the Six Nations begins.

Saracens have confirmed that the England global is facing a prolonged spell on the sidelines, however, effectively ruling him out of the Six Nations, which begins in less than three weeks' time.

England scrum-half Danny Care says Billy Vunipola's latest injury will deprive the squad of "one of the best players in the world". Saracens released a bulletin mid-afternoon on Sunday but have not put a timeline of recovery until Vunipola sees a specialist later in the week.

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He is due to see a specialist this week but is expected to miss England's first Six Nations game against Italy on February 4 and potentially more matches beyond.

Meanwhile, England flanker James Haskell was sent off for a unsafe tackle on Jamie Roberts in Wasps' defeat to Harlequins and a ban could render him unavailable for selection by Jones.

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