England flanker Jack Willis has vowed to come back better and stronger from his horror knee injury.
The England star, 24, suffered the devastating blow on Saturday during the Twickenham win over Italy.
England star Jack Willis promised to get ‘back better and stronger’ after his devastating knee injury
Broadcasters ITV refused to show replays of the incident as he was stretchered off.
Willis took to Twitter on Monday morning to update fans and promised to return to the pitch as soon
as possible. Captioning photos of his try and being carried off, he wrote:
“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.
“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.”
Hundreds of users replied to send their best wishes.
Red Rose scrum-half Danny Care said: “All the best with the recovery big man.”
Former Tigers and Wasps man Guy Thompson commented: “Great work mate! Back better and stronger.”
And ex-England batsman Ian Bell added: “All the very best with the recovery, mate. Look forward to seeing you
back on the pitch ASAP!!”
Willis came on and made an immediate impact by going over in the 41-18 victory.
But within minutes, his afternoon – and almost certainly his Six Nations campaign – came to an end in
the 66th minute when Italy star Sebastian Negri rolled him out of a ruck.
Rugby chiefs have been urged once again to ban the controversial ‘crocodile roll’ move which led to the injury.
Negri sent a public apology to the Wasps flanker on Sunday morning.