Courtney Lawes is a doubt for England’s tour of Australia due to dislocated thumb

Courtney Lawes leaves the field with a hand injury while playing for Northampton
Courtney Lawes was the first to captained England in November 2021

Courtney Lawes could miss England's July tour of Australia after the forward injured his thumb while playing for Northampton.

Chris Boyd, Saints rugby Director, exempted Lawes from Saturday's Bath game.

He stated that further medical examination was necessary to determine the 33 year-old's availability.

England's three-Test series with Australia begins on 2 July. Northampton has four games remaining in the regular Premiership season, and is currently fifth in the table.

Boyd described the compound dislocation as “quite unpleasant”, adding that “He still has to make some medical decisions about the skeletal function, the muscle and ligament situation, and the skeletal function of his thumb.”

“All I can tell you, until we have a medical review, is that he won’t be playing on Saturday.” He will require specialist consultation in order to decide the best course.

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