"Gutted" - Jack Willis posts emotional statement following latest setback - Ruck

“Gutted” – Jack Willis posts emotional statement following latest setback

England’s World Cup aspirations have been dealt a blow as flanker Jack Willis has been ruled out of the tournament due to a neck injury sustained during the team’s commanding 71-0 victory over Chile.

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In light of this setback, a replacement for the 26-year-old, who has unfortunately faced a series of significant injuries in the past, is anticipated to join the squad in France at the commencement of the upcoming week.

He wrote on Instagram: “Hard to put into words how gutted I am to be going home but I will always be grateful to have been part of this group and it was a dream come true to play in a World Cup. 

“Appreciate all the messages and support. Although It is only a short term injury given the time frame involved at this stage of the World Cup unfortunately the decision was made for me to recover back home. 

“I just want to thank all the Staff, Fans and most importantly the players for making the last few months such an incredible experience. 

“I will be working hard the next few weeks to get everything right and I’m excited for what’s ahead “

Ellis Genge cheekily responded: “See if specialist can sort out your ears or enlarge your forehead.”

It’s expected that Alex Dombrandt or Tom Willis will replace him in the squad.

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#1. Henry Slade

The biggest shock of the squad announcement, Slade would surely be the only choice for Borthwick should a centre be ruled out. Numerous pundits, including Sir Clive Woodward, are of the opinion that he should have been included from the outset.

Slade is a dynamic English rugby union player known for his versatility and precision on the field. Born on March 19, 1993, he has represented both Exeter Chiefs and the national team, England. With a sharp rugby mind and exceptional skills, Slade continues to be a standout in the sport.

Henry Slade of England during the England Rugby Training Sessions at The Lensbury Hotel, Teddington, London on 26 Jun 2023 (Photo: George Beck/PPAUK)