Choosing Joe Marchant for England’s final World Cup warm-up match is down to preparing for possible injuries through the tournament, says Steve Borthwick.
Despite being named from the 31-man group, marchant was named at center for Friday’s game against Italy, live on Sky Sports.
Borthwick states Marchant’s selection, as well as the Charlie Ewels along with Matt Kvesic about the seat, means any accident replacements that are late are going to have the benefit of time with the squad in the lead-up into the tournament.
“It places us in an excellent position should, as background shown, when we are outside in the World Cup and need to call players up, these gamers have played together as recently as Friday,” Borthwick told Sky Sports.
The inclusion of Marchant sparked whispers which Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph might be struggling to reach full fitness in time for England’s opening match – especially since Slade hasn’t featured in any of their warm-ups – nevertheless Borthwick says the training staff are contented with the group’s progress and weren’t prepared to rush them back.
“Sladey was with this area here training very well, running up around 100 percent, so he’s getting there,” explained the prior Saracens lock. “He was not really ready for this particular match, a tiny bit too early, but he’s not far off.
“JJ, he should be in full training so again not far off, but he has just wasn’t really ready for this particular game”
Borthwick added that the players selected for this weekend are not necessarily automatic call-ups in the event of injury:”We don’t have a standby list, we have got players that train with us and train nicely.”
Wondering if there were any worries for center Manu Tuilagi, who’s part of the matchday 23, Borthwick said each player is evaluated during the week to find out if they would gain from game a break.
“Everybody prepares otherwise,” said Borthwick. “We look at each player individually; minutes they have had, just how much we think they need, exactly what they have to do, what’s best for them. It is only.
“Billy [Vunipola] has coached really well but he thrives on playing with him with, he also loves the competition of the game. He wishes to be on the market, he needs the ball from his hands. He’s playing really well and he’s got a smile on his face for this.”
What Eddie Jones called a”mix and match” choice, natural fetcher Tom Curry begins at blindside in Newcastle and Mark Wilson wears the No 7 jersey,” a movement Borthwick says is designed to help players adapt to playing different places when a match scenario requires it as emphasized when Curry left the field injured in England’s match against Wales at Twickenham.
“At the beginning we had a strategy , we had a few bangs to gamers and Tom went off early in that first match which meant we had to adapt our plan,” said Borthwick.
“That is part of building which versatility for different kinds of game plans we may want to playwith. We have got different mixtures.
“We know Tom is a world seven and he played very well at six lately. He has played with more at seven so it gives him time there.
“Wils has shown he would like to be able to play six, eight and seven for England that, if you return into World Cups, you want that versatility.”
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