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Rugby World Cup 2019: England ship constructive damage replace as gamers get pleasure from rocking reception

Joe Launchbury and Henry Slade will likely be match for England’s opening Rugby World Cup match in opposition to Tonga after returning to full coaching upon the squad’s arrival in Japan.

England will nonetheless be with out Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell for a minimum of their first two matches of the pool stage, however head coach Eddie Jones obtained a small enhance with the information that not one of the trio who picked up accidents in final Friday’s victory over Italy in Launchbury, Kyle Sinckler and Luke Cowan-Dickie have proven any lasting results of their knocks.

It implies that England could have 29 of their 31-man squad out there, with Slade additionally again in full coaching after overcoming the knee damage that dominated him out of all 4 of their warm-up matches and Jonathan Joseph absolutely recovered from muscle soreness.

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“Mako and Jack Nowell will likely be again within the latter a part of the group phases,” confirmed England forwards’ coach Steve Borthwick.

“Slade is trying, very, superb. Joseph is in full coaching. Joe Launchbury got here off with a again damage on the weekend, however there’s nothing regarding there.

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“Joe will get better from the flight and will likely be good to go. Sinckler was nothing critical, however whereas Mako and Jack are unavailable (now) Slade is on monitor.”

Borthwick delivered the constructive replace from Miyazaki Kita Excessive Faculty, the place he joined the squad’s backs for a welcoming ceremony in entrance of 1,000 college kids that was totally composed by the pupils, which featured a brass band rendition of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’, each rugby and archery shows and a presentation to the England captain Owen Farrell.

With Borthwick returning to Japan 4 years after leaving his position as assistant coach with the nationwide workforce below Jones, the previous England skipper delivered a thanks speech in Japanese in response.

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“I mentioned it is nice to be right here in Japan and we’ll do our highest on the World Cup. I thanked them for his or her assist,” he mentioned. “The gamers are having fun with it. It is an ideal coaching camp right here in Miyazaki. I do know that from my earlier expertise with Japan on the final World Cup.

“You could not have requested for higher services and the gamers have loved how we have began.”

The squad have additionally put their disruptive begin behind them after the early journey points brought on by Hurricane Faxai. “There was a little bit of disruption, however folks had been superb across the airport. They gave us entry to the lounge as a result of they knew we might been held up.

One thousand college kids gave England a stirring reception at Miyazaki Kita Excessive Faculty (Getty)

“We stayed on the airplane for a time frame after which went into the lounge.

“There was additionally somewhat delay exterior on the airport so the boys began an impromptu sport of cricket. It was good, however I did not have an innings.”

Take heed to Episode Two of The Indy Rugby Podcast: Japan 2019.

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