Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Adding Insult to Injury at Double

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Adding Insult to Injury at Double

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Byline: By Duncan Madsen

Lightning appears to have struck twice against England props in the final round of international matches, to the annoyance of both the Newcastle Falcons and Sale Sharks clubs.

First it was Newcastle who reacted angrily to the news prop David Wilson had suffered a broken jaw on England Under-21s duty on Friday, March 17, the injury not being picked up until the following Sunday.

The 20-year-old, who scored a try as England beat Ireland to claim a Grand Slam, was allowed to leave the England squad without visiting hospital after the game.

Newcastle's director of rugby, Rob Andrew, said: "It is just absolutely ridiculous he was not taken for an X-ray after complaining of jaw pains.

"He came home at the weekend after the game and as soon as we heard he was experiencing pain we told him to go to hospital immediately in South Shields. X-rays showed he had broken his jaw."

Wilson was later moved to Sunderland General Hospital's specialist facial unit where he underwent an operation to pin his jaw.

Andrew said: "It is staggering that, with all their resources, the RFU medical team did not even take him to be looked at.

"I am furious with the shambolic way this whole episode has been handled."

Andrew's beef was taken up by Sale but their ire was directed at the medical staff of the full England side after their Lions prop Andrew Sheridan returned from national duty against Ireland with a prolapsed disc in his neck. Sheridan sustained the injury during England training before their Six Nations finale against Ireland.

Sale are fuming that the injury was not correctly diagnosed at the time and also about the fact he was allowed to aggravate it by playing for all but the last 11 minutes as Ireland triumphed 28-24 at Twickenham.

"I felt pain in my neck after training on the Wednesday but the England medical team felt I would be OK to play against Ireland," said Sheridan. …

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