England member of staff QUITS on eve of World Cup

England will contest the World Cup without doctor Phil Riley as part of their backroom staff after he resigned in the build-up to the tournament.

Riley, who became team doctor almost 12 months ago, left for “personal reasons” according to the Rugby Football Union.

His departure can be considered unsettling to England’s preparations given the importance of a team doctor with an international Test setup, all the more so at a major tournament.

His final game was England’s World Cup warm-up game against Italy.

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