Lawes nursing a MAJOR shiner on eye and promises fierce Ireland clash

Courtney Lawes nursing a MAJOR shiner on his right eye after training collision… as England lock promises a fierce Six Nations battle with Ireland

  • Courtney Lawes is nursing a pretty nasty black eye ahead of Ireland match
  • The England forward suffered a collision during training but is still fit to play
  • Lawes laughed off the bruise claiming ‘it’s just a boo boo’ after training
  • The Saints lock is expecting a physical battle with Grand Slam chasing Ireland 

Courtney Lawes was nursing a major shiner as he promised Ireland a fierce battle up-front when England look to accelerate their Guinness Six Nations pursuit on Sunday.

Lawes’ right eye was almost shut due to extensive bruising sustained during a collision in training on Thursday but the Northampton lock-cum-flanker insists he will be ready for a pivotal clash at Twickenham.

‘It’s just a boo boo,’ Lawes said at the eve-of-match captain’s run press conference. 

England’s Courtney Lawes is nursing a major shiner that he suffered during training

The Northampton lock-cum-flanker said ‘it’s just a boo boo’ despite his eye being almost shut

Lawes admitted he is expecting a physical battle with the Irish who are chasing a Grand Slam

‘Nothing too crazy. It’s all fine… just a clash, my head on something, not sure what.

‘I’m hoping it will go down a bit by tomorrow. It’s all right – I got through today so I was all right.’

Ireland are chasing the Grand Slam after accumulating wins against Scotland and Wales but England have amassed 89 points in two emphatic wins over their old rivals last year.

‘We’re expecting a pretty physical battle. Up front they have got a really good pack, a big pack, so that is a big area for us to front up and show we want it,’ Lawes said.

‘We want to get out there and get at them. I’m really looking forward to it.’


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