Billy Vunipola injury latest | It’s bad news for Eddie Jones

Billy Vunipola is increasingly unlikely to be fit to play against France in this weekend’s Pool C showdown, with the forward unable to train outside with the bulk of the England squad on Tuesday.

The 26-year-old underwent a scan on Monday after injuring his ankle in Saturday’s 39-10 victory over Argentina, which booked England’s place in the quarter-finals with a pool game to spare.

“We are being overly cautious and if there is any risk that Billy is not going to be 100% we will rest him,” said England’s attack coach Scott Wisemantel.

Despite scrum coach Neal Hatley playing down the injury, Vunipola appeared in a protective boot at the team hotel, raising fears the injury could be worse than feared.

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