Mako Vunipola along with Jack Nowell will miss England’s first two matches in the Rugby World Cup, coach Eddie Jones has confirmed.
While Nowell is still stepping up his comeback, england prop Vunipola suffered a recurrence of a hamstring injury during the month’s 57-15 win over Ireland.
Neither guy featured in England pummelling of Italy on Friday and after the St James’ Park clash, Jones confessed that the set will play no part in England’s first two World Cup matches from Tonga and USA respectively.
Asked if the pair can be fit for England’s opener,” Jones explained:”Mako certainly will not be but we believe he might possibly be right for game three or match four at the pool phase.
“Jack Nowell has just taken the last couple of days away so we’ve had to carry him back somewhat. He must be correct, again like Mako. Everyone else is in full training.”
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