England to monitor Elliot Daly after concussion as Eddie Jones names 31-man squad for Grand Slam decider

Daly was forced off during the 61-21 victory over Scotland with concussion

Jack de Menezes@JackdeMenezes
Sunday 12 March 2017 21:58
Elliot Daly suffered a suspected concussion after a dump tackle by Scotland's Fraser Brown
Elliot Daly suffered a suspected concussion after a dump tackle by Scotland's Fraser Brown

England will spend the week monitoring Elliot Daly after the wing suffered a suspected concussion in Saturday’s 61-21 rout of Scotland that forced him to come off before half-time.

The bruising encounter at Twickenham saw a number of players on both sides leave the field with injury, with Daly joined by Stuart Hogg, Jamie George, Tommy Seymour and Ryan Wilson in requiring Head Injury Assessments during the match, with Hogg the biggest concern for the Scots after he was forced from the field after just 17 minutes.

England will also keep an eye on returning wing Anthony Watson after he appeared to suffer a muscular injury during the victory, having scored a try on his return from more than seven months away from the national team.

Bath wing Watson was one of 31 players who gathered at England’s training ground at Pennyhill Park in Bagshot on Sunday night ahead of their final match against Ireland, a game that will decide if England become the first team in the Six Nations era to clinch consecutive Grand Slams as well as win a 19th game in a row, which would break the current record set by New Zealand that England matched at the weekend.

Henry Slade, Marland Yarde and Alex Lozowski all returned to the squad for the week, along with unused 24th man Jonny May, while a number of forwards were added for training over the next two days with Josh Beaumont, Teimana Harrison, Paul Hill and Tommy Taylor all named in the squad.

However, the biggest injury concern is that of Daly, with the Wasps back entering the graduated return-to-play protocol that is in place for any player who has suffered a suspected concussion. Daly was dump tackled onto his neck by Scotland hooker Fraser Brown early in the match. Despite appearing to pass an HIA to return to the field, Daly was quickly replaced again by Watson and played no further part in the match.

England training squad

Forwards (17)

Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Jamie George (Saracens), Teimana Harrison (Northampton Saints), Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Paul Hill (Northampton Saints), Nathan Hughes (Wasps), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Joe Marler (Harlequins), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tommy Taylor (Wasps, Billy Vunipola (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)

Backs (14)

Mike Brown (Harlequins) , Danny Care (Harlequins) , Elliot Daly (Wasps), Owen Farrell (Saracens) , George Ford (Bath Rugby) , Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Alex Lozowski (Saracens), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) , Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors) ,Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby), Marland Yarde (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

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