Six Nations injury worries England as Tom Curry limps in Sale win over Harlequins

Curry twisted his knee as his Sale side beat Quins 24-16 at The Stoop on Sunday.

The flanker pulled out of action at the start of the first half after failing to shrug off worry, and will now be a major doubt to be fit for the opening Six Nations fixture. England v Scotland at Twickenham on February 4.

Manu Tuilagi could also add to new England boss Steve Borthwick’s availability issues, with the sales center likely to be cited.

Tuilagi slipped on the run to tackle Tommy Allan, only to end up colliding shoulder first with the Quins flyhalf’s header.

Allan left the pitch on a stretcher after a long treatment, while Tuilagi escaped punishment on the pitch.

The English central could however be in disciplinary difficulty if the authorities decide to re-examine the incident in the coming week.

Saracens fly-half Owen Farrell could well receive a citation on Monday too, after his high shot in their 19-16 win at Gloucester on Friday night.

Temporary England Six Nations attacking coach Nick Evans was on day duty for Quins on Sunday, with the Twickenham men eager to return to form after losing to Bristol and Northampton.

Head coach Tabai Matson had warned Quins in advance that any team with real ambitions in the top four and the play-offs should not lose three in a row.

But in a miserable, rain-soaked South West, Quins was never able to revive his attacking style.

So any grand idea of ​​finding clues to England’s attacking revolution through Evans’ influence at Quins was washed away by the pouring rain.

Quins remains in the top four at the moment but it was a good chance to steal a step up from rivals Gloucester, Exeter and Northampton.

Tom O’Flaherty, Rob Du Preez, Akker Van Der Merwe and Cobus Wiese picked up the scores for second-placed Sale, who continues his hugely impressive campaign.

Joe Marchant and Nick David crossed for Harlequins in an improved second half, but the hosts were comfortably beaten in truth.


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