The Saracens rugby team and potentially the England national team have been dealt a major blow as their star back-row player, Ben Earl, was carried off the field before their Premiership clash on Saturday. Earl, who played at number eight for the England team, was supposed to participate in his second domestic game since the Rugby World Cup. However, he sustained an injury during the warm-up and was unable to play.
Initially named on the bench for the match against Harlequins, Earl had to withdraw at the last minute due to a leg problem. He appeared to be in significant pain when the injury occurred, and he was seen with an ice pack below his knee while the game was taking place. Saracens had just announced that another England player, Elliot Daly, was also unfit to play when Earl suffered his injury.
Fans expressed their concern on social media, with one user reacting, "And now Ben Earl!!! It looks serious from the touchline." Another user who was present at the match commented, "Ben Earl being carried off during warm-ups. Looks serious."
The situation worsened for Saracens just three minutes into the game as Alex Lozowski also had to leave the field due to injury. Despite these setbacks, Saracens responded admirably and completely dominated the contest. They took a commanding 19-3 lead through tries scored by Juan Martin Gonzalez, Olly Hartley, and Jamie George. At the start of the second half, Andy Christie scored another try, securing the bonus point and putting Saracens in control of the game.
The injuries to Earl and Lozowski could potentially have repercussions later in the season, especially the one to Earl considering his standout performance for England at the Rugby World Cup. Earl had a breakthrough tournament, showcasing his skills in every match as the England team reached the semi-finals. Although they lost a close match to the eventual champions, the Springboks, in the semi-finals, they managed to secure third place overall. Earl scored his first try for the national team in a 26-23 victory over Argentina at the Stade de France.
The Saracens team will undoubtedly feel the absence of Earl's contribution, both in their domestic matches and potentially in the England squad. His injury comes as a significant setback for both teams, who will now have to make adjustments and find a way to cope without his presence on the field.