England charge Billy Vunipola as “very likely” to be obtainable for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final towards Australia at Oita Stadium.
In a significant elevate to Eddie Jones’ males, the highly effective Saracens quantity eight is on track to get better from the ankle damage that compelled him off at half-time towards Argentina 10 days in the past.
Jones names his workforce to face the Wallabies on Thursday and Vunipola, the one participant to have began all 12 of England’s Assessments this yr, might be an computerized choice if match.
“Billy is progressing really well,” defence coach John Mitchell mentioned.
“He has skilled once more as we speak and we’re very assured in his development every day. He’s very probably (to be obtainable).
“Billy is an important participant to us and a really likeable participant as nicely. He matches nicely throughout the workforce.
“He loves the ball in his hand. He is very good at regaining and retaining momentum. He likes carrying the ball which is where he has his greatest influence.”
Whereas the replace over Vunipola has been constructive, it seems more and more unlikely that wing Jack Nowell will play any half within the quarter-final.
Having recovered from ankle surgical procedure and being compelled to have his appendix eliminated, Nowell’s comeback towards the Pumas got here at the price of a hamstring damage that has prevented him from taking a full half in coaching.
“Jack wasn’t at training today. He is on another prescription of training and is also progressing,” Mitchell mentioned.


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