Selecting Joe Marchant for England’s final World Cup warm-up sport is to preparing throughout the tournament, down, states Steve Borthwick.
Marchant has been named at outside centre for Friday’s match against Italy, live on Sky Sports, although not being called from the 31-man team.
Borthwick says Marchant’s selection, as well as the Charlie Ewels and Matt Kvesic about the seat, means any accident replacements will have the advantage of time spent with the squad in the.
“It puts us in a very good position in the past, as background shown, once we’re outside in the World Cup and will need to call up players, these players have played together as recently as Friday,” Borthwick told Sky Sports.
The inclusion of Marchant sparked whispers which Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph may be fighting to get to full fitness in time for England’s opening match – particularly since Slade hasn’t featured in any of those warm-ups – however Borthwick states the training team are happy with the pair’s progress and weren’t ready to hurry down them.
“Sladey was with this area here training really well, running around about 100 per cent, so he is getting there,” stated the prior Saracens lock. “He was not quite ready for this particular game, a little bit too early, but he is not far off.
“JJ, he should be in full training so again not far away, he has just wasn’t quite ready for this game”
Borthwick added the players selected for this weekend aren’t necessarily automatic call-ups at the event of harm:”We don’t have a standby list, we have got players who train with us train nicely.”
Asked whether there had been any concerns for centre Manu Tuilagi, who’s part of the 23, Borthwick reported every player is evaluated during the week to determine if they would benefit from a rest or sport time.
“Everybody prepares otherwise,” said Borthwick. “We look at every player individually; minutes they have had, how much we think they need, exactly what they will have to perform, what’s best for them. It is just.
“Billy [Vunipola] has trained very well but that he thrives on playing with, he also loves the competition of this game. He wants to stand outside, he wants the ball in his handson. He’s playing well and he has a smile on his face for this.”
In what Eddie Jones called a”mix and match” selection, natural fetcher Tom Curry starts at blindside in Newcastle and also Mark Wilson wears the No 7 jersey,” a move Borthwick states is intended to help players adapt to playing in different positions when a game scenario requires it as emphasized when Curry left the field hurt at England’s match against Wales at Twickenham.
“At the start we had a planwe had a few bangs to gamers and Tom went early in that first match which meant we had to adapt our plan,” said Borthwick.
“This is part of establishing that versatility for the different kinds of game programs we may want to play. We’ve got mixes.
“We all know Tom is a world seven and he played very well in recently. Therefore it gives him time he’s played more at seven.
“Wils has shown he wishes to have the ability to play six, seven and eight for England which, if you come into World Cups, you want that versatility.”
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