Jack Willis’ horror injury sees England team-mate Ellis Genge look on in pure shock during Six Nations win over ItalyFebruary 13, 2021
JACK WILLIS suffered a sickening injury during England's win over Italy – with team-mate Ellis Genge left looking on in sheer shock.
The Wasps flanker, 24, came off the bench to score a try almost immediately in a dream start to his game at Twickenham.
But joy quickly turned to sorrow as Willis was rolled in the ruck, causing an injury so graphic broadcasters refused to show the replay.
Willis' screams of pain echoed eerily around an empty Twickenham with England leading 34-11.
Prop Genge was one of the first to cotton on to the nasty injury, as he put his hands on his head in a mixture of disbelief and devastation.
Maro Itoje, too, pleaded with players to give Willis space as he tried to point out the sickening knock.
Willis was eventually taken off on a stretcher, with his Six Nations tournament surely over.
England would go on to beat Italy 41-18 as they bounced back from their shock Calcutta Cup loss to Scotland last weekend.
But they will now face Wales, France and Ireland without Willis in the squad.
After the game, a worried Eddie Jones said: "We are all concerned, he is on crutches and will be examined on Sunday.
"It didn't look good, and it is probably not good, but we will wait and see.
"It's some sort of knee injury, but he's back in the dressing room with us."
Immediately after the injury, England legend Matt Dawson predicted Willis would be set for a 'long lay-off'.
Dawson told BBC Radio 5 Live: "On the clear-out Jack Willis has got his leg jammed.
"No-one likes to see that, especially someone like Dan Lydiate who has been fighting back after a long injury.
"Straight away you thought he was in trouble. His left knee – it buckled underneath him.
"That, unfortunately, is going to be a long lay-off for Jack Willis."
Elsewhere in the game, Jonny May hurdled his way into the record books to become England's second-greatest try-scorer.
May, 30, now sits just 17 tries behind Rory Underwood, with his effort against Italy a real gem.
In an empty Twickenham, captain Owen Farrell could be heard shouting, 'that's f***ing brilliant!' as he leapt over Luca Sperandio to complete his landmark try.
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