Italy flanker Sebastian Negri has apologised after his ‘crocodile roll’ left Jack Willis facing the prospect of a long spell on the sidelines. Willis had to be driven from the Twickenham pitch on a motorised cart after suffering an agonising knee injury in the final quarter of England’s 41-18 Guinness Six Nations victory.
“A quick message to Jack Willis. So sorry about what happened yesterday,” Negri said on Twitter. “Just horrible and never nice to see. Myself and all the @Federugby [Italy] boys are wishing you all the best. I hope to see you back on the field again soon. Take care and we all know you will be back stronger. Seb”
“The highs and lows of rugby… I have loved every second of training and playing in an England shirt and it has been a dream come true to be involved in such a great group of lads and coaches.” Willis said. “I’m truly gutted with the way it ended on Saturday but these things happen. I will give everything I can to my rehab to come back a better and stronger player. Thank you so much for all the messages and support I’ve received, it really is appreciated. I will be back.”