Daly in race against time

Date published: March 15 2017

England utility-back Elliot Daly is in a race against time to be fit for their Six Nations clash with Ireland this weekend.

The flyer suffered a concussion against Scotland after hooker Fraser Brown tackled him illegally. He is now desperately trying to get fit for what could be a record breaking game for the English as they could beat New Zealand’s 18 wins in a row streak.

England forwards coach Steve Borthwick is confident about Daly’s progression.

“Elliot is progressing really well through the ‘return to play’ protocols. He’s gone through every stage really well so far,” Borthwick told reporters.

“He has a contact session (on Wednesday) afternoon and then it’s team training (on Thursday).”

There is a lot at stake for England as they could beat the record as well as become the first side in the extended Six Nations history to defend the Grand Slam.

“This squad keeps looking ahead and the players thrive on the next challenge. This is our next challenge and the players are desperate to get better,” Borthwick said.

“This is the next challenge and the next opportunity to show that we’re improving.

“Ireland are a very good side and have a forward pack who have experience and are able to show what quality and pace they have. Their half-backs are good, so they’re a good side.”