England given a major boost with trio set to return from injury

England coach Eddie Jones is given a major boost with Exeter Chiefs trio Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill all set to return from injury ahead of the summer tour of Australia

  • England head coach Eddie Jones has been handed a triple injury boost for tour
  • Exeter trio Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill to return from injury
  • Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter provided an update on the injured trio

England head coach Eddie Jones has been handed a triple injury boost ahead of the summer tour of Australia after Exeter gave a positive injury update on three of their international stars.

Luke Cowan-Dickie, Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill have all spent long periods on the treatment table in a season in which Rob Baxter’s Chiefs have struggled.

Hooker Cowan-Dickie suffered a knee injury on Six Nations duty with England while wing Nowell broke his arm in the last game of the Championship against France.

England head coach Eddie Jones has been handed a triple injury boost ahead of the tour

Luke Cowan-Dickie (right), Jack Nowell and Jonny Hill have all spent long periods on sidelines

Sale-bound lock Hill missed England’s underwhelming Six Nations with a lower leg problem although he and team-mates Cowan-Dickie and Nowell are all on the road to recovery.

Exeter director of rugby Rob Baxter expects all three to be available to travel to Australia with Nowell in contention to face Harlequins on Saturday.

Baxter said: ‘Luke and Jack should be in contention (for the tour).

Nowell broke his arm in the last game of the Six Nations Championship against France

Sale-bound lock Hill missed England’s underwhelming Six Nations with a lower leg problem

‘Jack is actually in contention to feature this week. Luke isn’t but as far as the tour goes they should both be in contention as will Jonny.’

Exeter will finish their season this weekend outside of the Gallagher Premiership’s play-off spots for the first time since 2016.

South Africa’s World Cup-winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk has confirmed his long-expected move to Japan.

South Africa’s World Cup-winning scrum-half Faf de Klerk has confirmed his move to Japan

The 30-year-old will join Yokohama Canon Eagles for next season after four years with Gallagher Premiership side Sale Sharks.

‘Now it is a reality and I can’t wait to get stuck in with my team-mates and coaches and hopefully make a big impact,’ De Klerk said.

‘The Japanese culture is amazing and I look forward to enjoying every moment with my partner, team-mates and all the rugby fans of Japan.’

De Klerk’s and South Africa’s 2019 World Cup win came in Japan. Another Springbok in Jesse Kriel is also part of the Canon Eagles side.

De Klerk is set to make his final Sale appearance against Bristol on Saturday in the last round of the regular Premiership season.




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