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From Chris Jones
BBC rugby union correspondent
After suffering a setback with his 26, prop Mako Vunipola will not be fit before the end of England’s Rugby World Cup pool-stage effort.
It was originally hoped Vunipola will be appropriate for England’s championship opener against Tonga September.
“He is probably going to be right for its third or fourth game,” coach Eddie Jones said after England beat Italy 37-0 in Newcastle.
“He had a little scar tissue which was impairing his motion.”
The England manager added:”But that has been fixed. He is progressing very well now.”
As anticipated, Jack Nowell will even miss the first few games of England with his ankle problem that is longstanding.
Appendicitis when in the Italy training camp a week, however, is now back running also struck the Exeter guy.
“Jack Nowell is probably in the identical class [as Vunipola],” Jones added.
“They’re important players so we are ready to be patient with them.”
The harm of vunipola means also the once-retired Joe Marler is likely to step in the beginning loose-head job with Ellis Genge the back up and England will begin the World Cup.
Among 2 tight-heads alongside Dan Cole, kyle Sinckler, gave fans a scare when he left the area insisted that it was nothing to be worried about.
The success in Newcastle was the third warm-up triumph of England, with the only loss coming from Wales in Cardiff.
Jones’ side maintained a win if they played with Wales at home and recorded their largest winning margin from Ireland.
However, Jones was concerned with more than just the outcome and has used the games as a opportunity to experiment with his line-up prior to the squad flies out to Japan on Sunday.
“The realisation presently in world soccer is that you’ve got to have a number of starting XVs,” he added.
“How many times can you receive your whole squad available? We have been in a position to use combinations that might be a selection of starting XVs to be developed by these four games.
“Our World Cup prep thus far has been very positive. We are growing as a group on and off the area and if we use this next 10 or even 12 days economically we’ll be in a much stronger place”
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