One fit, one injured as England coach delivers injury update

England coach John Mitchell has given an injury update on two players ahead of their Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Australia this weekend.

“Billy is progressing really well,” Mitchell told reporters at England’s hotel on Tuesday.

“He has trained again today [Tuesday] and we are very confident in his progression each day. He’s very likely [to be available].

“Billy is a very important player to us and a very likeable player as well. He fits well within the team.

“He loves the ball in his hand. He is very good at regaining and retaining momentum. He likes carrying the ball which is where he has his greatest influence.”

Meanwhile, Nowell has suffered a hamstring injury that prevented him from taking a full part in training on Tuesday.

“Jack wasn’t at training today [Tuesday]. He is on another prescription of training and is also progressing,” Mitchell added.

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