Selecting Joe Marchant for England’s final World Cup warm-up sport is to preparing throughout the tournament, down, says Steve Borthwick.
Although being called in the 31-man group heading into Japan, marchant has been named at outside center for Friday’s match against Italy, live on Sky Sports.
Borthwick says the selection, as well as that of Matt Kvesic along with Charlie Ewels around the seat of Marchant, means any accident replacements are going to have the benefit of time with the squad in the lead-up to the tournament.
“It puts us in an excellent position in the past, as history as shown, when we are out in the World Cup and need to call players up, these players have played with us as recently as Friday,” Borthwick told Sky Sports.
The inclusion of Marchant sparked whispers that Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph may be struggling to reach full fitness in time for England’s opening game – particularly since Slade hasn’t featured in some of their warm-ups – but Borthwick claims the coaching staff are delighted with the group’s progress and weren’t ready to hurry back them.
“Sladey was about this field here yesterday training very well, running around about 100 percent, so he’s getting there,” stated the former Saracens lock. “He wasn’t quite ready for this particular game, a tiny bit too early, but he is not far apart.
“JJ, he should be in full training tomorrow so again not far away, he has just wasn’t really ready for this game”
Borthwick added the players selected for this weekend aren’t necessarily automatic call-ups at case of harm:”We do not have a standby list, we have got players who train us train nicely.”
Wondering if there had been any concerns for center Manu Tuilagi, who is part of their 23, Borthwick reported each player is assessed during the week to determine if they’d benefit from sport time or a rest.
“Everyone prepares otherwise,” said Borthwick. “We look at each player separately; moments they’ve had, just how much we believe they want, exactly what they need to do, what’s best for them. It’s just.
“Billy [Vunipola] has trained really well but that he thrives on playing with him with, he also adores the contest of this game. He wishes to stand on the market, he needs the ball in his handson. He is playing well and he’s got a smile on his face because of it.”
In what Eddie Jones called a”mix and match” choice, natural fetcher Tom Curry begins at blindside at Newcastle and also Mark Wilson wears the No 7 jersey, a movement Borthwick states is designed to help players adapt to playing different places when a game scenario requires it – as highlighted if Curry left the field injured at England’s match against Wales at Twickenham.
“At the beginning we had a strategy , we had a couple of bangs to players and Tom went off early because first match which meant we needed to accommodate our plan,” said Borthwick.
“This is part of constructing which versatility for different types of game programs we may want to play. We’ve got different combinations.
“We know Tom is a world-class seven plus he played quite well in recently. Therefore that it gives him time , he’s played at seven than six.
“Wils has shown he wants to have the ability to play seven, seven and eight for England that, when you come to World Cups, you need that versatility.”
Watch England vs Italy live on Main Event and Sky Sports Action from 7pm on Friday
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