England rugby captain Courtney Lawes a doubt for the autumn internationals after pulling out of next week’s training camp, as the Northampton star continues to recover from concussion
- Courtney Lawes suffered a head injury against Leicester Tigers last month
- The England captain has not played since as he recovers from concussion
- He has pulled out of England’s training camp that will take place next week
- London Irish’s Tom Pearson has been drafted into the squad as injury cover
England skipper Courtney Lawes is a doubt for the start of the autumn internationals after pulling out of next week’s training camp in Jersey.
The forward captained England to a 2-1 series victory over Australia this summer but has been sidelined for a month with concussion.
Lawes picked up a head injury against Leicester Tigers last month in his only club appearance of the season so far.
Courtney Lawes has pulled out of a training camp as he continues to recover from concussion
It will be a blow for Eddie Jones, who has drafted Tom Pearson into the squad as cover
He will continue to undergo graduated return-to-play protocols, with London Irish’s Tom Pearson drafted in as injury cover.
Lawes has featured predominantly in the No6 jersey for England, leaving Jack Willis, Lewis Ludlam, Sam Simmonds and Alex Coles to battle for his starting shirt.
The Northampton star has emerged as a crucial figure in Jones’s squad over the last year, and was widely expected to retain the captaincy over Owen Farrell.
England’s first game will be against Argentina on 6 November, and they will also take on Japan, New Zealand and South Africa.
Lawes led England to a series victory in Australia in July but has been out of action for a month
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