Jack Nowell: England wing to go to World Cup despite recent appendicitisCat:未分類
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By Chris Jones
BBC rugby union correspondent
Despite being struck down with appendicitis while at the same time recovering from his ankle problem that is long-standing england wing Jack Nowell will travel.
Nowell spent in an Italian hospital last week after having his appendix removed.
But he has joined up in their Treviso base with the rest of the squad.
England remain confident he will be fit to play a role in Japan, with their opener from Tonga on 22 September.
“We don’t have any worries ,” said assistant coach John Mitchell.
Mitchell says Nowell”needs a great meal” following his disease, but has commended his attitude and energy after returning to camp.
“What I really respect about him would be when going through his rehab and the illness, it does not seem to upset him in relation to the energy that he brings to the team,” he added.
“He is a fantastic guy and we really back Jack.”
Nowell has now suffered a succession of setbacks in his healing, and hasn’t played because damaging ankle ligaments at the Premiership last in May.
“The ankle is progressing and we expect him to be running pretty soon,” Mitchell added.
“The [appendicitis] does not assist but we still have 20 days until the tournament beginning and they will be extremely essential for him.”
Elsewhere, fellow wing Ruaridh McConnochie”includes a shot” of being matched to create his long-awaited debut against Italy in Newcastle on Friday, but centre Henry Slade remains an uncertainty with his knee problem.
However, Mitchell says it is”no major problem” if some players board the plane to Japan without having played some competitive golf inside their warm-up schedule.
“It’s about managing players and the way we train always gives us a very good indication of whether a player can take care of the brink of a Test match,” he further added.
Meanwhile, Mitchell says that the game is”constantly evolving and changing” using numerous nations falling veteran players from their squads around the eve of the tournament.
England have collaborated together with the likes of Mike Brown Chris Robshaw and Danny Care, although New Zealand have left Owen Franks, Ireland have missed Devin Toner, and Wales have jettisoned props Rob Evans and Samson Lee.
“This sport is getting stronger and faster,” he clarified.
“It’s not a personal judgment on any of those men but unless you may evolve physically with the demands of this game then you’re always going to get challenged at some stage.
“One thing this game has always taught me is there is not any place for self-preservation and it’s a challenging environment.”
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