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George sustained the torn bicep tendon in Saracens' last game of the Aviva Premiership 2016/17 season.

Saracens hooker Jamie George reveals he had misdiagnosed arm injury before Lions tour

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Jamie George has explained that if his arm injury was properly diagnosed last spring, he would not have played in this summer's Bitish and Irish Lions' tour of New Zealand.

The 27-year-old England international counted his lucky starts after he sustained the injury in a 35-15 defeat to London Wasps in Sarries' last game of last season's Premiership.

The hooker was informed he had haemotatoma in his arm, however, the No.2 had in fact sustained a torn tendon in his bicep.

George, nevertheless, was named among four hookers in Warren Gatland's 41-man squad. He went on to start all three Tests and play in six games in the drawn tour of New Zealand.

George has represented England since under 16 level and emerged as one of the standout performers in the Lions tour. His pass to set up Connor Murray's winning try was one of the highlights of the ten-game series.

"I was unbelievably lucky. If they'd realised it was a torn tendon, I'd have needed an operation and I definitely wouldn't have been going to New Zealand," George told The Times.

"There's a torn tendon in there," George told The Times as he pointed to the upper section of his right arm. "I did it at the end of the season, playing [for Saracens] against Wasps, but it wasn't diagnosed properly; I was told I'd just got a haematoma, deep bruising."

Medical staff later found out that George had a spare tendon in his bicep which made him power through the Lions tour and explains his accurate passing and at the line out.

"It's incredibly rare, apparently," he added.

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"I went on holiday after the tour, then went into England camp and had a medical check. They asked me if anything was bothering me, so I told them I'd still got this thing on my arm, but I played with it in New Zealand and it was fine.

"So they scanned it and found I had an extra bit in there. Only a few people have it. At the top of the muscle, you have a long head and a short head attaching it at the shoulder. At your elbow, you're only supposed to have one head, but I've got two.

"The only thing it's really affected has been my golf swing. I used to slice it quite badly. Now I hook it badly instead."

George will be competing for a position in Eddie Jones' Six Nations squad which encounter Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday, February 4.

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England Rugby
Aviva Premiership
Saracens
New Zeland Rugby
British & Irish Lions
Rugby Union
London Wasps

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