FITNESS UPDATE: Steve Borthwick gives latest on Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph

England coach Steve Borthwick has eased England fans concerns over the fitness of Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph.

“Henry is doing really well. He was running (on Tuesday),” forwards coach Steve Borthwick said.

“It’s just a case of that next stage, that last stage. He’s just not quite ready for this game, but he’s close. Jonathan is also close. He’ll be in full training (on Thursday).

“He’s not quite ready for this game. A muscle in his leg has needed some load management.

“But great credit to Joe Marchant. The weeks he has trained with us he has been absolutely outstanding. His attitude has been first class and he has improved every training session.

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“It’s been a great opportunity for us. We have talked all along about having that four-game plan and being able to adapt.

“But great credit to Joe Marchant. The weeks he has trained with us he has been absolutely outstanding. His attitude has been first class and he has improved every training session.

“It’s been a great opportunity for us. We have talked all along about having that four-game plan and being able to adapt.”

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