Hughes, Daly injured ahead of Six Nations

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AAP
by AAP

Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly will miss at least the first half of England's Six Nations title defence through injury.

The Wasps pair limped off in Sunday's Champions Cup rout of La Rochelle at Coventry's Ricoh Arena and although neither player requires surgery, they face extended spells in the treatment room.

A specialist has confirmed that No.8 Hughes will take eight to 10 weeks to recover from his knee problem while the prognosis for Daly's sprained ankle is 10-12 weeks of rehabilitation - potentially ruling the wing out of the entire Six Nations.

England open their campaign against Italy in Rome on February 4 before hosting Wales a week later and travelling to Scotland on February 24 prior to the tournament pausing for a fortnight. 

FIXTURES

Six Nations 2018 

Round one 

Saturday February 3 

Wales vs Scotland, Millennium Stadium, 2:15pm local, Sunday 1:15am AEDT

France vs Ireland, Stade de France, 4:45pm local, Sunday 2:45am AEDT

Sunday February 4

Italy vs England, Stadio Olimpico, 3pm local, Monday 1am AEDT 

Round two 

Saturday February 10 

Ireland vs Italy, Aviva Stadium, 2:15om local, Sunday 1:15am AEDT

England vs Wales, Twickenham, 4:45pm local, Sunday 3:45am AEDT

Sunday February 11 

Scotland vs France, Murrayfield Stadium, 3pm local, Monday 2am AEDT

Round three 

Friday February 23 

France vs Italy, Stade de France, 8pm local, Saturday 6am AEDT

Saturday February 24 

Ireland vs Wales, Aviva Stadium, 2:15pm local, Sunday 1:15am AEDT

Scotland vs England, Murrayfield Stadium, 4:45pm local, Sunday 3:45am AEDT

Round four 

Saturday March 10 

Ireland vs Scotland, Aviva Stadium, 2:15pm local, Sunday 1:15am AEDT

France vs England, Stade de France, 4:45pm local, Sunday 3:45am AEDT

Sunday March 11 

Wales vs Italy, Millennium Stadium, 3pm local, Monday 2am AEDT

Round five 

Saturday March 17 

Italy vs Scotland, Stadio Olimpico, 12:30pm local, 10:30pm AEDT

England vs Ireland, Twickenham, 2:45pm local, Sunday 1:45am AEDT

Wales vs France, Millennium Stadium, 5pm local, Sunday 4am AEDT