England faces a Rugby World Cup waiting game over the fitness of Jack Nowell, who has undergone surgery on the ankle he damaged in the Premiership final this month. Fans can buy Rugby World Cup Tickets online.
The moral news is that Rob Baxter believes the Cornishman has a clothed chance of being available for England’s opening pool match in September.
The annex left the field in palpable pain at Twickenham and following scans on the ankle and knee resulted in ankle surgery is suggested.
“At this stage, we see no reason why it should jeopardize him being involved neither with England at the Rugby World Cup nor with us heading into the new season,” the coach said.
England will be broadcasting its first training team on Thursday but only players from outside the top four Presidency sides will be complex. A preliminary list of 29 names is expected, with Jones firstly able to work only with persons who were not involved in the playoffs.
Anybody from a club outside Saracens, Exeter, Gloucester, and Northampton will be struggling to make it to Japan if he misses the initial cut this week for the opening camp in Bag shot beginning on Sunday evening.
Amongst those under threat are ENG’s erstwhile captain Dylan Hartley, who has not played since December, and the Harlequins pair of Danny Care and Chris Robshaw unless injury intervenes and eliminates those players currently ranked above them. There are likely to be one or two wonder presences, with the forceful Quins flanker Alex Rembrandt among those making a powerful late surge.
Saracens, temporarily, have been handed a distinctly uncooperative draw for their defense of the Champions Cup next season. They have been drawn along Munster, Racing 92 and Ospreys in Pool 4, with the opening games due to kick off less than a fortnight after the RWC, is over.
Northampton and Gloucester face trips to Leinster and Toulouse respectively while Harlequins and Bath find themselves in the same pool as Clermont Auvergne.
Scotland’s Stuart Hogg can also suppose plenty of attention after his new club, Exeter, was drawn to face his former team Glasgow Warriors in Pool 2.
“It was almost destined that, with us having signed Stuart from Glasgow, he would end up facing them in Europe,” Baxter said.
Baxter is keen to ensure the Chiefs give a good account of themselves in a pool also containing La Rochelle and Sale Sharks.
“It’s a good draw for us,” he said. “At the same time, I want us to start setting ourselves these challenges of being a top European side. We’ve been guilty in the past of not quite reaching our potential within this competition but hopefully, that will change this season.”
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