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
England wing Jack Nowell will go to the World Cup on Sunday despite being hit down with appendicitis while recovering from his ankle problem that is longstanding.
Nowell spent in an Italian hospital after having his appendix removed last week.
But he and the remainder of the squad have joined up in their Treviso base.
England remain confident he will be fit to play a role in Japan, using their opener against Tonga on 22 September.
“We don’t have any worries there,” said assistant coach John Mitchell.
Mitchell says Nowell”wants a good meal” after his disease, but has commended his attitude and vitality after returning to camp.
“What I really respect about him would be when moving through his rehabilitation and the illness, it doesn’t appear to upset him in regard to the energy that he brings into the team,” he further added.
“He is a fantastic guy and we really back Jack.”
Nowell has now suffered a series of setbacks in his own recovery, and has not played since damaging ankle ligaments in the Premiership final in May.
“The foot is progressing and we expect him to be operating fairly soon,” Mitchell added.
“The [appendicitis] does not help but we still have 20 days until the tournament start and they’ll be extremely essential for him.”
Elsewhere, fellow wing Ruaridh McConnochie”includes a photo” of being matched to create his long-awaited debut against Italy at Newcastle on Friday, but centre Henry Slade remains an uncertainty with his knee problem.
However, Mitchell says it is”no major issue” if some players board the airplane to Japan without being played any competitive golf inside their warm-up schedule.
“It is about managing players and how we train consistently gives us a very good sign of whether a player can take care of the threshold of a Test match,” he added.
Meanwhile, Mitchell states that the sport is”constantly changing and evolving” using numerous countries dropping experienced players out of their squads around the eve of the championship.
England have collaborated together with the likes of Mike Brown, Chris Robshaw and Danny Care, Devin Toner has been missed by Ireland, although Owen Franks has been left by New Zealand, and Wales have jettisoned props that were experienced Samson Lee and Rob Evans.
“This sport is getting stronger and quicker,” he explained.
“It’s not a personal decision on some of those guys but unless you may evolve physically with the demands of the game then you are always going to have challenged at a certain point.
“One thing that this game has always taught me is there’s no location for self-preservation plus it’s a tough environment.”
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