England have been forced into a late call-up with back-up scrum-half Willi Heinz likely to be ruled out of the tournament with a hamstring injury.
RugbyPass can reveal that Saracens’ Ben Spencer is ready to replace Heinz and is currently in transit to Japan. Spencer was named as the starting scrum-half for the Londoners’ Gallagher Premiership match with Leicester Tigers at Welford Road on Sunday, a fixture he will now miss.
Spencer has only been capped three times by England to date but is set to make a bench appearance in a World Cup final. The 27-year-old was part of England’s 12-day warm-weather training camp in Treviso but was released back to Saracens shortly after.
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Since making his debut for Saracens in March 2011 after joining the club as scrum-half cover from Cambridge, Spencer’s rise within the Saracens system has seen the Manchester-born playmaker capped by England Saxons and called-up to England’s elite player squad (EPS) before making his debut Test bow.
He has helped Sarries to four Premiership titles and three European Champions Cups, while his last-gasp penalty in the 2015 Anglo-Welsh Cup final against Exeter Chiefs is forever etched in Saracens folklore.
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