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Saracens statement: Jamie George injury update

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Graham Conaty/Speed Media/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

Saracens have confirmed that Jamie George will miss the upcoming Autumn Nations Series with England following an injury to his foot during last Saturday’s stunning Gallagher Premiership win over Leicester. The seasoned hooker was to the fore of putting the top-flight champions to the sword and looked in top form in what was his third appearance of the club season.

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However, George didn’t return to take his place for the second half with Saracens and was instead seen on the bench nursing his foot. Having been selected last week in the England training squad that was to assemble for a three-day camp in London at the start of this week, the RFU confirmed on Sunday that George had dropped out.

With Test rookie Jack Walker also pulling out of the squad, England boss Eddie Jones reacted by calling up Newcastle’s George McGuigan and Gloucester’s Jack Singleton and now, two days later, the true extent of the injury to George has been revealed.

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“Jamie George suffered a foot injury during the match against Leicester Tigers,” read a Saracens statement. “It is expected that he will be out for around ten weeks, returning in early December.”

The injury is a cruel blow for the soon-to-be 32-year-old. It was this time last year when he was overlooked by Jones for the England Autumn Nations Series but an injury to Luke Cowan-Dickie offered a lifeline that he impressively grasped with both hands.

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George went on to start two of last November’s matches and despite getting injured against Australia, he battled his way back to fitness over the winter to start in three of his five Guinness Six Nations appearances earlier this year. He then went on to be the England No2 for all three tour matches away to Australia.

However, with his return from this latest injury only set to happen in December, George will now be marked absent when England host Argentina, Japan, New Zealand and South Africa in their four-game November programme at Twickenham.

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Mick Cleary: 'England fans are entitled to be grumpy and weary'

“no stand-out talent that would trouble the selectors of a world XV. Until that status changes, then they will be confined to this mid-table (at best) mediocrity.” I really think this is nonsense analysis. Finn Russell isn’t better than George Ford. Jamie George is the third best hooker in the world after Marx and Sheehan. Ben Earl would probably start for any team in the world bar Ireland, and the same goes for Ollie Lawrence when he’s in form. The problem England have is (1) people hate their style of play, so will always overlook players like Ford and George when comparing them with more flashy alternatives; (2) that people expect England to be one of the best teams in the world, so when they fall short it is held against them. Finn Russell has far more poor games than George Ford, but because Scotland aren’t expected to be consistently winning trophies it isn’t a scandal when he does play badly. Conversely if Ben Earl was playing for scotland, or wales, or italy, everyone would be blown away by his performances, but because he’s only playing slightly better than we expect english back row players to play then he’s not given the plaudits he arguably deserves. I say “arguably” because ultimately I don’t think it matters whether we value individual players accurately or not. I’m not aggrieved that english players don’t get selected in world XVs, I just don’t think its a good explanation of a nation’s performances!

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