England fans will rejoice at the news they will be facing current World Cup holders New Zealand with a fully fit squad in their semi-final clash this weekend with Johnny May and Jack Nowell seemingly fit.
Johnny May who marked his 50th England cap with two tries against Australia at the weekend suffered a hamstring injury towards the end of the game. He’s been a highlight during England’s matches so far and would’ve be a massive loss.
Jack Nowell has also had problems with his hamstring recently however, England assistant coach Neal Hatley expects them both to be ready for the weekend. He said, “Jonny’s bouncing around this morning. He has a small twinge and we will assess where he is a little bit later today. He’s in really good spirits, moving well, and we expect Jack to be fit for selection as well.”
Nowell made his first appearance of the competition in England’s game against Argentina after a period out with an ankle injury. He sustained a hamstring injury in the match missing the fixture against the wallabies at the weekend.
With Anthony Watson, putting in strong performances over the weekend it is unknown whether Nowell will start but, he would be a great asset off the bench to Jones side and fans will be happy to have him back.
Hatley also praised loose head prop Mako Vunipola who made his first start of the world cup saying he was “unbelievably impressed.” Vunipola was also sidelined by a hamstring injury but has worked his way back to full fitness during the tournament. “He continues to go from strength to strength,” which is important with players such as Ellis Genge and Joe Marler on the fringe looking for staring places.
Eddie Jones will announce his squad to face the world number 1’s on Thursday. The two time defending champions will be England’s toughest opponents in a while but, New Zealand know they will have to bring their A game against an impressive England side to progress to the final.
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