England lose prop Wilson for Wales in Six Nations

England will be forced to play Wales in their Six Nations opener against Wales in Cardiff on Friday without prop David Wilson who has been ruled out with a neck injury.

England Forwards coach Graham Rowntree issued a medical update on the England squad on Monday saying that Dan Cole will start in Wilson’s place.

Cole has recently recovered from a foot injury and has been training fully with the rest of the squad since last week.

Wilson may recover from his neck injury in time to play in England’s second Test which is against Italy at Twickenham next week.

“David Wilson won’t be ready for Friday,” Rowntree said. “He’s not recovered from the nerve impingement.

“We’re hoping David will be in the mix for next week, but he’s not right at the moment, unfortunately.”

Cole last played for his club Leicester on the 27th of December when they beat Sale Sharks 20-32 and he is now in line to make his first appearance for England since February last year.

“Dan is available and has progressed well,” Rowntree said.

“He trained with us all last week. We increased his rehabilitation and he’s trained fully for the last four days.

“Dan is a class, proven operator. He’s not been out for six months and has not been sat twiddling his thumbs for the last six weeks. We’ve trained pretty fast and he’s slotted in nicely.”

England head coach Stuart Lancaster will announce his team for the game on Wednesday.

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