Rugby World Cup 2019: Injury concerns overshadow England win against Italy in final World Cup warm-up

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England nilled Italy in their final Rugby World Cup warm-up game to record a landslide 37-0 victory that certainly flattered them, but the biggest concern at St James’ Park came late when Kyle Sinckler and Luke Cowan-Dickie limped off with injuries.

50,157 fans packed into the home of Newcastle United to watch England run four unanswered tries past a toothless Italy side, but the sight of two front-row forwards limping off – on top of a back injury to Joe Launchbury – will be of major concern for Eddie Jones ahead of Japan 2019.

The other major issue is how poor England were in a first half where they failed to muster a single try-scoring opportunity, instead relying on the boot of Owen Farrel to kick three penalties for a 9-0 half-time lead.

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