Henry Slade doubtful for England's Six Nations game against Ireland

Henry Slade played 72 minutes during the game against France
Henry Slade played 72 minutes during the game against France

England skills coach Ed Robinson revealed that Exeter Chiefs centre Henry Slade is doubtful for the final round of Six Nations game against Ireland due to a calf injury.

Slade suffered the injury during a training session on Monday with a decision on his participation in the encounter in Dublin is expected to be made in due course.

Harlequins back Joe Marchant has been drafted into the squad to provide cover for Slade and in case the 27-year-old misses out of the weekend's clash then Ollie Lawrence or Paolo Odogwu is expected to be part of the starting line-up.

Slade has played 38 Tests for England since his debut in 2015 and has played six World Cup games spanned across two editions in 2015 and 2019.

“The way Henry works off the ball is second to none. The way he puts himself in a position to attack and defend is brilliant,” said Robinson.

“The way he sprints to chase kicks is phenomenal and that is a massive part of his game. He’s a big driver in that for us.

“Joe is a fantastic player because of the way he works on and off the ball. His skill set on the ball and the way he supports are both excellent.”

England currently are at fourth place in the Six Nations table with two wins from four matches.