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England handed fitness boost after star returns to training

England captain Owen Farrell has handed Eddie Jones a major boost after he returned to full training following a sickness bug.

It raises the likelihood that the skipper will be named to start in an England team featuring various changes to face France in Yokohama on Saturday. Luke Cowan-Dickie has also returned to full training.

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However after all missing training today it seems likely that Billy Vunipola (ankle), Joe Marler (back) and Jack Nowell (hamstring) will also sit it out. 

Defence coach John Mitchell said: “They have little niggles [but] are definitely progressing and are on restricted training. We will take it day by day and we don’t see any huge risks. We see them both [Marler and Nowell] being in contention possibly for the weekend, but definitely for next week.”

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