The 2019 Six Nations competition has seen many players have to pull out due to injury and while many picked up these knocks before the tournament started, we have also seen gameweek 1 claim a few high profile names.
Although there may not be a high number of players in our XV, the squad currently suffering with the most with injuries is arguably Scotland. Gregor Townsend has had to come into this competition with around 20 injuries to his squad and he now unfortunately lost WP Nel after the Italy game last weekend.
Warren Gatland’s Wales have also their fair share of injuries but they have managed still put out a commanding side. The big names the Welsh are missing are Taulupe Faletau, Ellis Jenkins and Leigh Halfpenny, both are expected to be out for a while.
England and Ireland have both come into this competition with a few stars missing, Anthony Watson and Tadgh Beirne to name two, but it was week one’s encounter that took a toll on both sides. Eddie Jones lost the services of Maro Itoje, while Joe Schmidt lost his No. 8 CJ Stander for a period of time.
Italy and France are probably the two nations with the least amount of injury worries but each side have lost a star backline player. Teddy Thomas is missing for the French, while fullback Matteo Minozzi is out for Italy.
Most of the players selected in our Injured Six Nations XV picked up a knock before the tournament began but there are a few that got serious injuries after the first weekend of the competition.
The only position that seems to be the least affected is that of flyhalf with every Six Nations side able to field their first choice 10, which sees Leigh Halfpenny make an unlikely positional switch in our Injured XV:
- Rory Sutherland (Scotland)
- Dylan Hartley (England)
- WP Nel (Scotland)
- Ritchie Gray (Scotland)
- Maro Itoje (England)
- Taulupe Faletau (Wales)
- Sam Underhill (England)
- CJ Stander (Ireland)
Kieran Marmion (Ireland)
- Leigh Halfpenny (Wales)
- Teddy Thomas (France)
- Piers Francis (England)
- Garry Ringrose (Ireland)
- Anthony Watson (England)
- Matteo Minozzi (Italy)
There are numerous players who just miss out including Byron McGuigan, Hamish Watson, Duncan Taylor, Dan Lydiate, Scott Williams, Ellis Jenkins, Devin Toner, Luke McGrath, Iain Henderson, Tadhg Beirne, Charlie Ewels, Yoann Maestri, Julien Marchant, Tito Tebladi and more.