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Mon 7 Oct 2019 | 04:37

England sweating over Vunipola

England sweating over Vunipola
Mon 7 Oct 2019 | 04:37
England sweating over Vunipola

INJURY UPDATE: Billy Vunipola will discover the severity of his ankle injury on Tuesday.

England is sweating over Vunipoila’s availability for the climax to their World Cup group campaign against France.

Vunipola failed to appear for the second half of the 39-10 victory over Argentina at the weekend, which guaranteed their presence in the quarterfinals with the Pool C finale at International Stadium Yokohama still to play.

The marauding Saracens No.8 is the only player to have started all 12 of England’s games this year and the overwhelming priority will be to ensure he is fit for the last eight.

“Billy has had a scan and we will have a clearer picture tomorrow [Tuesday],” scrum coach Neal Hatley said.

“He is being assessed, that will go on throughout the day and then we’ll see how he pulls up. He has another 24 hours and then we’ll make a firm diagnosis.”

If Vunipola fails to pull through then Tom Curry or Mark Wilson will deputise in the back row, but his absence will still have a significant impact on England’s ball carrying.

Mako Vunipola made his comeback from a hamstring injury against Argentina and would fill the void, but Hatley insists there are other options in the Red Rose ranks.

“We plan for all eventualities and with what we have got in Ellis Genge, Mako Vunipola, Maro Itoje, Courtney Lawes and Kyle Sinckler, there are people to pick up the slack when Mako and Billy don’t play,” Hatley said.

“We have played a lot of rugby without them. Billy is an important figure for us, but other people pick up the slack.”

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