Jack Willis injury latest: England team-mate Genge watches on in horror as Eddie Jones says injury 'probably not good'

ENGLAND picked up a bonus point against Italy in a match overshadowed by a horrific knee injury to debutant Jack Willis.

The Wasps flanker's knee appeared to give way as he was rolled in a ruck in a moment so graphic that TV broadcasters refused to replay it.

Pictures from the match showed team-mate Ellis Genge looking on in absolute shock as Willis received treatment.

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    Ireland take on France this afternoon as the thrilling Six Nations tournament continues.

    The Irish were beaten by Wales in their opener, while France routed Italy.

    SunSport will be bringing you all of the coverage from Dublin in what should be another epic contest.

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    Owen Farrell was delighted with England's resilience to overcome a stubborn Italy side.

    Listen to his post-match thoughts here.

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    Eddie Jones gives his thoughts after England returned to winning ways against Italy.

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    Check out the action from Wales' win against Scotland right here!

    Can they repeat their feat against England in Round Three?

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    Here's all the best bits from England's six try victory over Italy at Twickenham today.

    Tha Azurri remain winless in the Six Nations since 2015, and there are serious questions surrounding their future involvement in the tournament.

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    If you missed it earlier, here's another look at Jonny May's incredible finish.

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    Here's a look at some of the stats from the game.

    Despite going behind early on, England quickly came back and dominated the game in very aspect.

    Eddie Jones' side carried the ball nearly double the amount of metres as the Azzurri.

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    Let's not get too ahead of ourselves with Ireland and France still to play each other tomorrow, but this is how the fixtures look for the next round of the Six Nations.

    The tournament has the weekend off next week, so the first fixture after the break is Italy vs Ireland on February 27.

    Wales host England looking to make it three wins from three, and Scotland travel to Paris to face in form France.


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    Jonny May is now England's second highest try scorer of all time.

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    A reminder of how the Six Nations looks at the end of today.

    Ireland and France play tomorrow in Dublin in what should be another cracker.

    England's next game is against Wales in Cardiff.

    The games just keep getting better and better!

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    However, Eddie Jones still thinks there's room for improvement, saying:

    "We’ve got to get better set piece dominance.

    "In the two games so far we haven’t been able to exert enough consistent pressure in the scrum or through our lineout, and our ability to execute our opportunities.”

    He added: "We’d prefer to be on eight points, we’re on six points, but I’m really pleased with the attitude of the players today, the positivity, the energy.

    "Execution we still have a little work to do but that is ok.

    "We’ll now get ready for Wales."

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    Here's what England boss had to say earlier on Jonny May's performance:

    “He looked sharp, really good. He is getting back to his best form.

    "He had a difficult time after the World Cup with a number of injuries, and wasn’t at his best in the autumn, but has had a really good training period now and he’s definitely coming back to his best.”

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    Eddie Jones confirmed Jack Willis is on crutches following England's win over Italy.

    He said: "We are all concerned, he is on crutches and will be examined on Sunday.

    "It didn't look good, and it is probably not good, but we will wait and see.

    "It's some sort of knee injury, but he's back in the dressing room with us."

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    Here's how the next round of Six Nations fixtures looks and it's a mega test for England against Wales in Cardiff.

    But that's not the only game which could decide the fate of the Six Nations title this year.

    Scotland head to Paris to take on a much fancied France squad in what should be a fascinating encounter.

    Here are all the Six Nations fixtures for two weeks' time.

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    Despite the horrific injury to Jack Willis, Eddie Jones couldn't hide his delight with the performance of the youngsters who came into the England side.

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    Eddie Jones had nothing to say over whether the 'crocodile roll' should be banned was reignited by Jack Willis injury.

    Fans and pundits called for the IRB to take action after Sebastian Negri rolled Willis out of the ruck.

    But Jones said: “I have got no comment to make on that. That is up to the referee to interpret.

    “I always leave those things to the referee.

    "The referee has got to make a decision on whether it is safe or not and we abide by whatever decision the referee makes.”

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    England will need a victory in Cardiff in two weeks if they are to have any chance of winning the Six Nations.

    The Welsh have rode their luck in the first two matches, with both Scotland and Ireland have players sent off against them.

    But all the league table will show is Wales on two wins and 9 points, compared to England's 6.

    Even with 14 men, Scotland almost pulled a rabbit out of the hat with a try from Stuart Hogg, but Louis Rees-Zammit had the final word with a spectacular solo score from the Welsh.

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    Eddie Jones backed Jack Willis to recover from his injury and force his way back into the England fray.

    He said: "It is very sad for a young guy who is just at the start of his international career," said head coach Eddie Jones.

    "We are all hoping it is not as bad as we think it is, but he will come back."

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    Owen Farrell was pleased with England's display against Italy after a limp defeat at home to Scotland last week.

    He said: "It felt a lot more like us.

    "We attacked the game from the off in every area and when you do that you get opportunities. It is a step forward."

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    Scotland were victors over England last week but things are going all wrong for them at Murrayfield.

    From 17-3 up the Scots have conceded three tries and had Zander Fagerson sent off for clearing a ruck with his shoulder.

    That makes it the second week in a row Wales have played 14 men after Ireland's Peter O'Mahony was dismissed for a similar offence last Sunday.

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    England got the job done at Twickenham today but there's more Six Nations on right now.

    Scotland and Wales are playing out a fascinating game north of the border.

    Follow all the action from Murrayfield here.

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    Wasps were quick to wish their flanker Jack Willis well following his injury against Italy.

    The club also tweeted an image of his earlier debut try,

    They wrote: "A Try on @EnglandRugby @SixNationsRugby debut for @jackswillis7, setup by a @d_jrobson quick tap!

    "Thoughts of everyone at Wasps with you for a swift recovery…"

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    In the midst of Jack Willis' horror injury there was praise for ITV for not showing a replay.

    Though they did provide a wide angle video of what happened they chose not to reveal the full extent of the incident with close-up footage.

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    Former England star and ITV pundit Ugo Monye has added his voice to calls for rolling players out of the ruck to be banned following Willis' injury.

    He said: "We often talk about health and safety in rugby and how we try to bring in laws to protect people in vulnerable positions," he said.

    "Jack Willis has this incredible ability of being so flexible and getting so low in the ruck but when you are being hit from multiple directions when your studs are planted into the grass, it has got to be banned.

    "For me, it just has to be outlawed because we know the size of the players. We are able to hear every collison.

    "When you have players trying to hit you north to south and others trying to roll you east to west, you end up with horrific injuries like that."

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    England were 41-18 winners over Italy in a game that almost paled into significant following the injury to Willis.

    But the moment of the match for the Red Rose came with a stunning try from Jonny May on the stroke of half time.

    The winger came up with a leap that Cristiano Ronaldo would be proud of to fly over an attempted tackle from Luca Sperandio and touch the ball down in the corner.

    And in the background, captain Owen Farrell could be heard shouting, 'that's f***ing brilliant!'

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