"He did not pass" - Steve Borthwick delivers devastating injury update on Marcus Smith - Ruck

“He did not pass” – Steve Borthwick delivers devastating injury update on Marcus Smith

Freddie Steward’s exceptional aerial skills and Joe Marler’s formidable scrummaging prowess have earned them starting positions in England’s highly anticipated Rugby World Cup semi-final match against South Africa.

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Steward, who has been praised for his impressive performances throughout the tournament, will be stepping in for Marcus Smith, whose concussion during the quarter-final victory against Fiji has unfortunately ruled him out of the upcoming game.

“Marcus was unavailable for selection due to the return to play protocol,” explained Borthwick on Thursday afternoon in Paris.

“It was earlier in the week. He took a knock in the game, passed the first parts of the HIA process, finished the game. There is subsequent parts of the HIA process and in one part of that he did not pass and then it was confirmed to me he was unavailable for selection.

“He is perfectly fine in terms of symptoms, he doesn’t feel anything and would expect him to be available for selection after this weekend,

“We have got a match officials team that is world-class, led by Ben O’Keeffe. I’m sure everybody around the pitch as well has every bit of process in place as it would be, so there are no issues there from my perspective.

“I will say again about Marcus, it is right to reiterate that player welfare is critical and vital to us.”

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England team to play South Africa:

15. Freddie Steward (Leicester Tigers, 29 caps) 
14. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 77 caps) 
13. Joe Marchant (Stade Francais, 24 caps) 
12. Manu Tuilagi (Sale Sharks, 57 caps) 
11. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 63 caps) 
10. Owen Farrell – captain (Saracens, 110 caps) 
9. Alex Mitchell (Northampton Saints, 10 caps) 
1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 87 caps) 
2. Jamie George (Saracens, 83 caps) 
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 105 caps) 
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 74 caps) 
5. George Martin (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps) 
6. Courtney Lawes – vice-captain (Northampton Saints, 104 caps) 
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 48 caps) 
8. Ben Earl (Saracens, 23 caps)

Replacements: 16. Theo Dan (Saracens, 6 caps) 17. Ellis Genge – vice-captain (Bristol Bears, 56 caps) 18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 67 caps) 19. Ollie Chessum (Leicester Tigers, 16 caps) 20. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 74 caps) 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 94 caps)   22. George Ford – vice-captain (Sale Sharks, 89 caps) 23. Ollie Lawrence (Bath Rugby, 19 caps)

South Africa team

Damian Willemse; Kurt-Lee Arendse, Jesse Kriel, Damian de Allende, Cheslin Kolbe; Manie Libbok, Cobus Reinach; Steven Kitshoff, Mbongeni Mbonambi, Frans Malherbe; Eben Etzebeth, Franco Mostert; Siya Kolisi (captain), Pieter-Steph Du Toit, Duane Vermeulen.

Replacements: Deon Fourie, Ox Nche, Vincent Koch, RG Snyman, Kwagga Smith, Faf de Klerk, Handre Pollard, Willie Le Roux

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#5. Chris Robshaw (England)

The flanker is a former English rugby union player who captained the national team from 2012 to 2015.

Known for his exceptional work rate and leadership skills, Robshaw was a dynamic flanker who made a significant impact on the field. He enjoyed a successful club career with Harlequins, where he played for over a decade. Robshaw’s dedication and commitment to the sport earned him numerous accolades and the respect of his peers.

Off the field, he is admired for his philanthropic efforts, using his platform to support various charitable causes.

Owens said: “Some people will be surprised at this one to start off. His misfortune was perhaps to be leading England during a difficult time, but he always gave everything for the cause, encouraging others to follow suit, and he was a nice guy off the pitch.”