Sam Underhill out of Six Nations after surgery

England and Bath flanker Sam Underhill will miss the entire Six Nations campaign after being ruled out for three months following ankle surgery.

The openside suffered the issue during the West Countrymen’s victory over Leicester Tigers last month, hobbling off just after half-time.

Underhill impressed for the Red Rose in November and was particularly outstanding against New Zealand as they succumbed by one point to the defending world champions.

The 22-year-old will not return until mid-April, meaning that the back-row will miss the whole of the competition which runs from February 1 to March 16.

He would have expected to play a big role in the upcoming tournament but it now leaves Sale Sharks’ Tom Curry as the man in command of the number seven shirt.

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