Mako Vunipola England v France: Eddie Jones forced to shuffle lineup as injury and illness hit squad

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England are expected to make at least seven changes to their starting XV to face France at the Rugby World Cup as a sickness bug and injury concerns hit the squad on Tuesday.

Billy Vunipola is almost certain to be unavailable for the final Pool C match, which is scheduled to be played at the Tokyo Stadium on Saturday, because of an ankle injury he sustained in the first half of the win over Argentina.

A supporter took a photograph of the Saracens No 8 in a medical boot on Monday, just hours after England had said he was walking free and without any support to the ankle.

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Owen Farrell’s display against Argentina was “clunky”, according to England’s attack coach Scott Wisemantel.

While England have still to confirm the extent of the injury, it is not thought that it will rule him out of the remainder of the tournament and he is expected to be fit for the quarterfinals.

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Owen Farrell, the England captain, may also be rested after Scott Wisemantel, England’s attack coach, said his performance against Argentina had been “clunky”.

Farrell received a heavy blow to his head in the second successive game that again resulted in a red card for the tackler, in this case Tomas Lavanini.

Farrell was one of two players, including England’s top try-scorer Luke Cowan-Dickie, also to have been struck by a stomach bug and only took a minimal part in training on Tuesday.

Other injury concerns are Jack Nowell, who did not train because of tightness in his leg, and Joe Marler, who has a back issue.

Given that England have already qualified for the quarterfinals, Eddie Jones, the head coach, has the luxury

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