Freddie Steward is poised for a return to the full-back position for England’s upcoming semi-final showdown against South Africa, while the prospects of Marcus Smith gracing the field appear increasingly bleak.
According to reports by Telegraph Sport, Steve Borthwick is inclined to maintain the continuity of his starting pack following the hard-fought 30-24 triumph over Fiji.
However, the potential absence of Smith from the matchday squad looms as a significant setback.
Smith found himself on the receiving end of some stern challenges from the Fijian opposition, leading to a stint of modified training as England commenced their preparations to face the mighty Springboks.
His availability for the impending encounter with the reigning world champions became shrouded in uncertainty, following a head-on collision with Fiji’s Vinaya Habosi.
Though he successfully navigated a Head Injury Assessment, further rigorous examinations mean his tournament could be over.
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Expected England XV:
15. Freddie Steward
14. Elliot Daly
13. Joe Marchant
12. Manu Tuilagi
11. Jonny May