England wing Abby Dow suffers broken leg in Women’s Six Nations victory over Wales and faces race against time to be fit for World Cup
- England wing Abby Dow is in a race against time to recover for the World Cup
- She will have surgery after breaking her leg in the win over Wales on Saturday
- England are one of the favourites for the tournament, which begins on October 8
England wing Abby Dow is in a race against time to recover for the World Cup after breaking her leg in the 58-5 win over Wales in the Women’s Six Nations on Saturday.
The tournament begins in New Zealand on October 8, with England one of the favourites.
The RFU confirmed Dow was ‘comfortable in hospital’ and will have surgery. Centre Emily Scarratt suffered a broken leg in September and was playing five months later.
The RFU said England wing Abby Dow was ‘comfortable in hospital’ and will have surgery
‘Everyone at England Rugby wishes Abby a full and speedy recovery,’ the RFU added.
Meanwhile, World Rugby will give every professional player the chance to have their say on the future direction of the game by launching its ‘biggest consultation ever’ on the sport’s welfare with a series of surveys at the end of this month.
Rugby’s concussion protocols were severely criticised during the Six Nations and player welfare remains one of the game’s biggest issues.
Coaches, referees and scientific and medical experts will also be consulted in the surveys.
World Rugby’s chief executive officer Alan Gilpin said: ‘Rugby must evolve if the game is going to be attractive, relevant and credible for the next generation.’