Ward-smiths England Debut in Doubt

by : Katsmith

Dan Ward-Smith's goal to finally make his England debut may be on hold after the number eight suffered a broken hand playing for Bristol on Sunday. Ward-Smith, 29, missed most of last season, including the World Cup, due to a dislocated kneecap and a ruptured patella playing for his club against Northampton and it's unlikely he'll be fit for their Six Nations opener against Wales at Twickenham on February 2.
"If it is a clean break, he is likely to be out for six weeks but if it's splintered, it could be eight weeks," said Bristol coach Richard Hill.
Ward-Smith did work with England's World Cup training squad in the summer but wasn't fit enough to make the trip to France. He missed Bristol's opening game of the season against Leicester but returned to play Sale on September 23.
"It's very unlucky for him," added Hill. "Last year, before he was badly injured, he was out for six weeks with a thumb problem."
World Cup hooker Mark Regan also suffered a shoulder injury in the win over Harlequins, and was substituted shortly after half time. His replacement, David Blaney, scored a try but also left the field with a suspected broken ankle.