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England won’t be discouraged from taking Jack Nowell to the World Cup despite the latest setback that compelled the Exeter wing to undergo emergency operation.
Nowell’s miserable run of fortune continued at the training camp in north-east Italy of the squad last Wednesday, when abdominal discomfort watched him admitted to a hospital.
That same day his appendix was removed and it wasn’t until four nights later that he was introduced to continue his recovery kilograms lighter and having a ferocious appetite.
It was the latest twist in a tale of woe which has prevented him from participating in the three World Cup warm-up games staged thus far.
A foot injury sustained through the Gallagher Premiership closing on June 2 led to operation and, after a drawback during his rehab, Exeter manager Rob Baxter announced he’s”touch and go” to be prepared for Japan.
However, England have signaled he will go , at that time the Pool C matches against France and Argentina are all staged, he is going to be healthy and at full fitness.
As his blockbusting functionality from the final signaled, Nowell is a versatile back-three participant who breaks tackles. If fit, he is a certainty for Eddie Jones’ 23.
“Jack’s already been’gutsing’ it a little. He is a character that is fantastic, a bugger and not a lot gets him down. But he’s hungry and nice!” Defence coach John Mitchell explained.
“He is in our World Cup squad. We are going to be backing Jack. We’re no different to lots of squads. Everyone’s got niggles and bits and bits. Hold and you have got to back that risk.
“There is always danger. We have got to back our intuition, our own instincts and our strategies as opposed to falling into the trap of being hasty.
“At this point in time we again Jack and we’re going to encourage him to reach that point. We wouldn’t be doing exactly what we’re doing unless we thought that is the way he’s heading.”
Last month speaking at England’s World Cup team statement, Nowell disclosed have taken an emotional toll.
“Over the past couple of years if I’m honest I have really, really fought with my mishaps,” Nowell said.
“Normally I’m pretty confident and may find something to work on, but I have actually struggled.
“You feel a little which you are letting them down you can’t be out there all of the time.
“You play as you want to play each and every game so to be told, or for your own entire body to tell you you can not play is the most frustrating thing.
“After I tore my hamstring in practice from the fall international I did not actually think it.
“The physios were telling me how and the scans were telling me however, it was actually killing me to be advised I would be out for six or seven days. I was in denial.”
The Exeter team-mate Henry Slade of nowell seems unlikely to play against Italy he continues his comeback from a knee injury.
Slade has missed rout of Ireland and the double-header from Wales to confront him with the prospect of entering the World Cup in the bank since the closing on June 1 without a minute of game time.
After recovering from a hamstring injury wing Ruaridh McConnochie is expected to make his debut.