Launchbury's injury could see him out of action for a lengthy period

Wasps captain Joe Launchbury’s ‘gut-wrenching’ knee injury against Bath could see England lock out of action for a lengthy period

  • Lee Blackett said Joe Launchbury’s knee injury was a ‘gut-wrenching moment’ 
  • Wasps boss admitted he fears it will keep his captain out for a lengthy period 
  • Wasps won for only a third time in their last 12 fixtures by scoring two late tries 

Wasps director of rugby Lee Blackett described Joe Launchbury’s knee injury as a ‘gut-wrenching moment’ and admitted he fears it will keep his captain off the pitch for a lengthy period.

Launchbury took a blow to his left knee before half-time in Wasps’ win over Bath and was seen on crutches at the end.

‘I am gutted,’ said Blackett. ‘It just doesn’t look like a short-term injury. 

Wasps director Lee Blackett described Joe Launchbury’s knee injury as ‘gut-wrenching’

‘It was a gut-wrenching moment. You have just got to recompose everyone because of how much Joe means to everyone but it does not look good. 

‘I hope I am wrong. He is Wasps through and through. His leadership through the week, you have to see it to believe it. 

‘He has got this great aura about him and the ability to see any situation. There are not many people with the special leadership qualities he has.’

Blackett admitted he fears it will keep his captain off the pitch for a lengthy period

Launchbury’s injury aside, it was a morale-boosting result for Wasps, who won for only a third time in their last 12 fixtures by scoring two late tries. 

Bath’s second-half rally saw them take the lead with only eight minutes remaining before their replacement prop Beno Obano was sent off for a head-high challenge — and that proved decisive.

Thomas Young scored two of Wasps’ tries, with Josh Bassett, Michael Le Bourgeois and Paolo Odogwu also going over. Jacob Umaga added 14 points with the boot.




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