Rugby World Cup 2019: England confident Ruaridh McConnochie can overcome injury woes

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England are confident injuries will not derail rookie Ruaridh McConnochie‘s World Cup bid.

Bath wing McConnochie has seen his Test debut thwarted twice in as many weeks, with first a hip issue then a hamstring complaint denying making his international bow.

The 27-year-old missed both England’s warm-up matches against Wales – and will now also sit out Saturday’s Twickenham clash with Ireland.

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But attack coach Scott Wisemantel has insisted England have no qualms about his readiness for the fast-approaching tournament in Japan, having already named their 31-man squad.

“Look, in a way, we already know what Ruaridh can do,” said Wisemantel. “We’ve seen him in the Premiership and in the Sevens on the big stage.

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“So I’m confident he’ll fit in really well, but it would just be nice to get him out there. It’s like anyone in the 31, we need to see them play, but with his prep it was just one of those unlucky things. It was the second to last play in the run, and he just pulled up and felt it tighten up a wee bit.

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