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Dallaglio facing an anxious wait

Dallaglio may have an x-ray on his injured hand

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LONDON, Feb 16 (Reuters) - England captain Lawrence Dallaglio faces an anxious wait to discover if a hand injury will rule him out of next Saturday's Six Nations game against Scotland in Edinburgh.

The number eight, who led world champions England to a 50-9 victory over Italy in Rome in their first game of the tournament on Sunday, is suffering from a swollen hand.

"Someone landed on my hand very heavily in Rome," he said.

"If the swelling doesn't recede, I'll have to think about an X-ray to make sure everything is okay with the hand."

Coach Clive Woodward has delayed naming his team for the Calcutta Cup match until Tuesday and will be hoping that his captain is fit to be included.

"Lawrence did a fantastic job," he said after Sunday's game. "It is a massive job that he has taken on after Martin Johnson but his captaincy and work during the week was a huge plus for the whole team.

"I also thought he had an outstanding game."

Dallaglio, who was Woodward's first choice of captain when he took over as coach in 1997 before being forced to give up the job in 1999 after a newspaper scandal, will be eager not to miss out on Saturday's trip to Murrayfield.

"Scotland will be desperately disappointed with their defeat against Wales but they will be well prepared to face us," Dallaglio said.

Fellow back-rower Richard Hill and Jason Robinson, who scored a hat-trick of tries, also suffered hand injuries in the Rome match but should be fit to face the Scots.

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