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Tuesday Mar 12, 2024

England set to be without emerging star for clash with France

Fresh off a much-needed win over Ireland, England travelled to France to face an equally resurgent French side in round five of the 2024 Guinness Six Nations.

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Unfortunately, Steve Borthwick’s side will not do so without the exciting talent of Immanuel Feyi-Waboso.

The 21-year-old medical student will not travel to Lyon after self-reporting symptoms of concussion to the England medical staff.

Finishing off the match against Ireland, the Exeter Chiefs star said he later began to feel the effects of a possible concussion.

Confirming his unavailability for Saturday evening’s fixture, England attack coach Richard Wigglesworth said, “Manny felt a bit groggy, so he is unfortunately ruled out of the game, but we don’t take any risks with that sort of stuff.”

When pressed about when the incident may have occurred, Wigglesworth said,  “There was no major incident. He had a knock and didn’t feel quite right, so he reported the symptoms and then was removed accordingly.”

Wigglesworth went on to praise the 21-year-old saying, “He’s obviously gutted but being the smart lad he is, he reported his symptoms. He did the right thing.

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“It had been building for Manny. You have to integrate these players carefully and I think Steve did that well in how he exposed him to Test rugby so he was ready to fly.

“He played really well, got his hands on the ball and did what we asked him to do and brought his talents.

“It’s very disappointing for him as I know how desperate he was to play again and how much he enjoyed his first start.”

 

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