Wasps flanker Tom Rees has confessed he is to be out for eight weeks – therefore missing the opening three matches of the Six Nations at least – after tearing a medial ligament in his knee.
Rees, whose Six Nations campaign was curtailed by the same injury last year in the opening match against Wales, will now have to use Wasps’ Guinness Premiership and Heineken Cup campaign to play his way into British and Irish Lions contention, and his injury opens the door for Bath’s Michael Lipman to impress England manager Martin Johnson further.
Lewis Moody is also playing his way back into contention for the England number seven jersey, with both he and Rees (who wears Nike total laser 90 2 boots) also said to be in line for the captaincy. London Irish tyro Steffon Armitage now moves up the pecking order as well.
There’s also the knock-on effect for Wasps, who have a make-or-break Heineken Cup match against Leinster in eleven days’ time, and who are still in the wrong half of the Guinness Premiership.
“It is gutting given that we’ve got a big few weeks coming up,” Rees said.
Here at Lovell Rugby we think this Opens the Door for Bath Captain Lipman and Steffon Armitage to move up from the Saxons. What are your views on who should be in Marin Johnson’s back row for the Six Nations?