England manager Eddie Jones names a virtually unchanged 25-man squad to face Japan at Twickenham on Saturday. The return of hooker Jamie George from a foot injury meant Jack Singleton dropped out, along with flanker Sean Robinson.
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Jamie George is set to make a comeback in England’s clash with Japan on Saturday after recovering quickly from a foot injury.
George is one of two prostitutes included in a reduced 25-man squad chosen to finalize preparations for the Twickenham showdown and is likely to provide bench cover for Luke Cowan-Dickie, who started the 30-29 loss to Argentina which opened the campaign.
It will complete an unexpected comeback for the 32-year-old after he was told he would miss the entire Autumn Nations Series due to the rupture of two metatarsals on club duty for Saracens against Leicester on October 1. .
England head coach Eddie Jones insists his side will react positively to their shock loss to Argentina.
But the expected 10-12 year recovery period has almost been cut in half to give England a boost as they seek to rebuild after a disappointing start to autumn.
Otherwise, Eddie Jones could opt for the same starting and replacement strikers who faced the Pumas, all of whom were retained except for dismissed hooker Jack Singleton.
Guy Porter features among the backs as central cover for Manu Tuilagi, who left the pitch in the final quarter against Argentina with a blister.
Tuilagi took part in training at the team’s Surrey base on Wednesday but England won’t take any risks with Sale’s destructive runner.
England squad – Forwards: A Coles (Northampton Saints), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), T Curry (Sale Sharks), E Genge (Bristol Bears), J George (Saracens), J Heyes (Leicester Tigers), J Hill (Sale Sharks), M Itoje (Saracens), D Ribbans (Northampton Saints), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs) K Sinckler (Bristol Bears), B Vunipola (Saracens), M Vunipola (Saracens), J Willis (unattached).
Back : J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby), O Farrell (Saracens), J May (Gloucester Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), G Porter (Leicester Tigers), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), M Smith (Harlequins), F Steward ( Leicester Tigers), M Tuilagi (Sale
Sharks), J van Poortvliet (Leicester Tigers), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers).