Elliot Daly aims to be fit for England's Six Nations clash against France

England’s Elliott Daly is working his way back from injury
England’s Elliott Daly is working his way back from injury

Wasps centre Elliot Daly is hopeful of proving his fitness ahead of England's upcoming Six Nations clash against France scheduled to be played on 10th March.

Daly last played for England during the November Test against Samoa and missed the initial stage of the ongoing Six Nations tournament with an ankle and calf injuries.

If he manages to prove his fitness, the news will be a big boost to England, who have their title defence on the line following a 25-13 defeat to Scotland at BT Murrayfield in the previous round.

“Hopefully he’ll be able to train with us and if he trains with us, then he could well be in consideration for France,” head coach Eddie Jones said.

The 25-year-old made a swift return from an ankle injury that he sustained during his club duty with Wasps in December only for him to be sidelined again with a calf strain.

“The calf thing was nothing major, but it set me back a week. I was coming back early from my ankle so it’s probably turned out even,” Daly said.

“The calf just felt a little bit tight at the back end of the week at Wasps. It wasn’t anything major but it just had to be managed for a week.

“I feel really good. I did a lot of stuff to come back from my ankle and I’ve only been a week out with my calf so I’ve maintained most of that. It’s just about getting up to speed with the boys now. I’m pretty much there.

“The training here with England is suited to getting you back quicker. We’re at match intensity all the time pushing yourself to the limit. If you can do that, then you can do it in the game.”

England are currently at second place in the table and will have to defeat both France and Ireland convincingly in the next two rounds to retain the Six Nations title for the third consecutive time and Daly feels the mood in the camp is still upbeat despite defeat to Gregor Townsend's side.

“I think so because of the way we train. We want to cover absolutely everything in training,” Daly said.

“Eddie chucks us the ball and usually it’s a ‘one shot, one kill’ scenario. If you drop the ball you’re defending. The way he trains is really good in that regard.”

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