England player Maro Itoje (left) is in doubt for the visiting tourists with an injured hand.
England player Maro Itoje (left) is in doubt for the visiting tourists with an injured hand. DAVE HUNT

Itoje injures hand, in doubt for England

RUGBY UNION: England lock Maro Itoje is a doubt for the autumn internationals after injuring his hand in Saracens' Champions Cup win over Scarlets on Saturday.

The 21-year-old was caught in a tackle just after half time and played no further part in the game.

He was to have an X-ray to determine any possible fracture and see a specialist.

Should Itoje (pictured above left) be ruled out of the series, which opens against South Africa at Twickenham on November 12, it will be another blow to coach Eddie Jones who has already seen four flankers, second-rower George Kruis and several backs, including Manu Tuilagi ruled out.

Itoje had been touted to move from lock, where England are well served with replacements, to flanker after injuries to James Haskell, Jack Clifford, Mike Williams and Sam Jones.

England is to play Australia on December 3.


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