INJURY AGAIN? : Big knock rules Raffi Quirke out again in latest injury set back

The latest serious accident to occur in Raffi Quirke’s brief career was breaking his jaw, which could require him to heal for up to six weeks.

Quirke, 22, broke into the England squad under Eddie Jones, the former head coach, and made his debut as a replacement for Ben Youngs against Australia in 2021 becoming the youngest scrum half since Nick Duncombe to wear the England No9 jersey.

He came off the bench again in the match with South Africa, showing his pace with the winning try in a 27-26 victory at Twickenham.

However, injury set backs ruined his hopes of pushing for a place in the England squad for the Rugby World Cup in France and he now faces another battle to get back to the form that took him into the international squad.

“Raffi has elastic bands on the back of his jaw and it is a fracture but a non-displaced fracture,” stated Alex Sanderson, the director of rugby at Sale, following Quirke’s injury during the team’s 20–15 victory over Northampton on October 15. Despite his ongoing injuries—which were again beyond his control—he is doing well after a four to six week absence. We’ll get to work building him back up.

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