Mako Vunipola and Jack Nowell are set to miss England’s first pool stage games at the Rugby World Cup.
Eddie Jones mentioned in his press conference after the Italy game that they ought to be back for the France game, and possibly to face Argentina, as reported on the BBC.
“He’s probably going to be right for the third or fourth game,” coach Eddie Jones said after England beat Italy 37-0 in Newcastle.
“He just had a little scar tissue which was impairing his movement. But that’s all been fixed. He’s progressing really well now.”
“Jack Nowell is probably in the same category” Jones added.
Joe Launchbury and Luke Cowan-Dickie should both be fit, despite early substitutions against Italy.
Losing Vunipola as one of only 5 props is clearly of some concern, whilst there’s a little more cover for Nowell out wide, and you wonder if Nowell should be replaced in the squad if he’s struggling to be fit.
After all, England were already out of the World Cup in 2015 by the time of the 4th pool match!