Wasps’ Launchbury a doubt for England’s Six Nations

Joe Launchbury left the field looking very groggy

Wasps Director of Rugby Dai Young says that he is concerned for England lock Joe Launchbury after he had to leave the field on Sunday.

Wasps left it until the last two minutes to seal their 32-22 victory over Worcester Warriors but earlier Launchbury left the field looking very groggy.

Launchbury took two knocks to the head during the game, which will not have escaped the attention of Eddie Jones as he prepares on Wednesday to unveil his first squad since his appointment as England head coach.

“He’s taken a nasty head knock, but he’s up and about,” Young said.

“He’s talking and appears to be fine, but will have to go through the relevant protocols. It could take one or six weeks. It’s impossible to tell at this stage.

“I still expect to see Launchbury, Elliot Daly, Joe Simpson, Matt Mullan and James Haskell selected in the England squad.”

Wasps trailed 22-13 with 12 minutes to play after Andy Symonds kicked five penalties for visitors Worcester and successfully converted an interception try by Cooper Vuna.

But tries from replacement Guy Thompson, Frank Halai and Sailosi Tagicakibau saw Wasps prevail.

Kearnan Myall scored Wasps’ first try, with Jimmy Gopperth converting three of the tries and adding two penalties.

“We got out of jail as with eight minutes to go, a betting man would have clearly put money on them,” said Young.

“I’m frustrated with our lack of accuracy as we had lots of possession, but we didn’t create enough and I’m pleased we didn’t give up.”

The result left Wasps in sixth place in the table, eight points above third-bottom Worcester.

The day’s other game saw London Irish move off the bottom with a 20-15 victory over Newcastle, who dropped to the foot of the table.

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