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England have encountered their first injury setback since arriving in France for the World Cup after Jack Willis was ruled out of the remainder of the tournament.
Willis suffered a neck problem in the 71-0 victory over Chile on September 23 – his only appearance of the group phase – and on Wednesday night England learned he would be ruled out for several more weeks.
Head coach Steve Borthwick will call up a replacement for the Toulouse back row, to be named in due course, who is likely to join up with the squad in Marseille for quarter-final week.
“We’re really disappointed for Jack because he’s been an important member of this team,” Borthwick said.
“He’s done really well, played an important role in the Chile game and is an important member of this squad over the last period of time.
“We anticipate the injury will be just a few weeks but given the timescales we’re operating to it means he will be replaced in the 33.”
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