The Premiership final proved to be a mixed day for Exeter and England’s Jack Nowell. Playing at fullback, he was arguably the best player on the pitch in his side’s losing cause, but unfortunately came off injured with ten minutes remaining.
The 26-year-old was clearly distraught as he hobbled off the field and after the game, as he may be aware of the extent of his knee and ankle injury after his leg was contorted in contact.
While he was able to walk off the field by himself, these are proving to be anxious days ahead for England fans on social media, who are fearing the worst.
Nowell could not have made a greater statement to England head coach Eddie Jones during the seventy minutes he was on the field. He was at his slippery best whenever he had the ball in hand, as Saracens could not lay a hand on him. Playing at fullback allowed him more freedom to join the attack wherever he wanted, something that has made him most dangerous throughout his career.
Nowell was already a favourite under Jones, and his performance against the double winners, means it would be almost impossible for him not to start in Japan in September if fit.
A lot of fans, however, are fretting on Twitter over this injury he sustained, as everyone eagerly awaits the results of a scan on the injury.
The reaction on Twitter has been a mix of despair and praise for the player after a sensational eighty minutes.
This is what was said:
fingers crossed it's not serious, @nowellsy15 was simply superb on Saturday, will be much needed for EJ squad for Japan. His work-rate is just awesome ?
— jim longhurst (@jimbolong10) June 3, 2019
— Jack Tompkins (@JR_Tompkins) June 1, 2019
hope nowell is good we need him for the world cup #EXEvSAR
— josie (@josiesakae) June 1, 2019
— Jon Gibbon (@jonnypg_GB) June 1, 2019
Would be nothing short of cruel if Nowell is injured for the World Cup. Let’s hope it’s nothing serious
— RugbySeconds (@RugbySeconds) June 1, 2019
Given where his leg was and Jack Nowell's reaction that could be a World Cup threatening injury
— James Dixon (@thejamesdixon) June 1, 2019
So impressed with Exeter and felt Jack Nowell should have been man of the match, he's getting close to Jason Robinson levels of being hard to tackle!
— Tim Knight (@secretlandscape) June 2, 2019
Gutted for Jack Nowell thought he was awesome best player on pitch until he got injured – hope he’s ok for RWC
— Simon Singleton (@Ziggy7776) June 2, 2019
Jack Nowell was MOM by a country mile, why does the best player always have to be on the winning team?!?!
— Jon Richardson (@Hornets9596) June 2, 2019
He played well but Jack Nowell was the best player on the park. Hope that's not to serious an injury for him.
— Doug the Prop (@DougProp) June 1, 2019
No!!!!! Hope that’s not a serious injury for Jack Nowell #GallagherPremFinal
— Peter Scott (@PRS_rugbycoach) June 1, 2019
It would be the cruellest luck for the British and Irish Lion were he to miss the World Cup because of this injury, as many England fans are all too aware of what a potent attacker he is.
While Jones still has plenty of options to replace Nowell, perhaps none are as elusive as the Exeter man proved to be at Twickenham on Saturday, meaning his loss could hurt England’s chances of success in Japan.
The next few days will be an anxious wait for all England fans.
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