Mako Vunipola England have fully fit squad for critical World Cup games – Belfast Telegraph

Mako Vunipola England have fully fit squad for critical World Cup games – Belfast Telegraph

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Mako Vunipola Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell are both back in full training for England (Andrew Matthews, Adam Davy/PA)

Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell are both back in full training for England (Andrew Matthews, Adam Davy/PA)

England expect to enter the critical phase of their World Cup group campaign with an entirely fit squad after Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell played a full part in training on Friday.

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But they could lose a player for disciplinary reasons after Piers Francis was cited for a shoulder-led challenge to the head of Will Hooley in the 45-7 victory over the United States at Kobe Misaki Stadium.

If the citing is upheld, Francis is facing a ban in the region of six weeks minus any reduction for mitigating circumstances, potentially ending his involvement in Japan 2019.

— England Rugby (@EnglandRugby) September 27, 2019

With Eddie Jones now turning to his strongest starting XV for every match, however, the Northampton centre’s involvement was likely to be minimal from this stage of tournament anyway.

After sweeping aside Tonga and the USA during the four-day turnaround that opened Pool C, Eddie Jones’ men face clashes with Argentina and France that will determine whether they progress into the knock-out stage.

Vunipola and Nowell have yet to play a part in Japan 2019 due to respective hamstring and knee injuries but they should be in contention for the Tokyo Stadium clash on Saturday week.

“We trained early this morning (Friday) and Mako and Jack are good. At this stage we believe everyone will be available against Argentina,” attack coach Scott Wisemantel said.

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