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Dan Robson still has shot at making the World Cup following update on his recent illness

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Dan Robson has a fighting chance of making England's squad for Japan (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Dan Robson is still potentially in the running to feature at the World Cup after Wasps confirmed that his illness should only take no more than three months to recover from. 

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The scrum-half had to pull out of the England squad in the lead-up to their final 2019 Six Nations match last month with what was reported at the time as “blood clots which arose spontaneously and is being evaluated and treated by specialists at the moment. At this stage it is too early to give a return-to-play date”.

However, Wasps have now confirmed that Robson, who had been poised to win his third cap as Ben Youngs’ understudy for the climax to the championship at Twickenham, developed deep vein thrombosis. 

“He is currently undergoing treatment which is expected to conclude following three months, after which he will be available to return to full training,” stated Wasps on their website following their weekly media session ahead of Sunday’s Premiership visit to leaders Exeter. 

“This means that he will not be available for selection for Wasps for the remainder of the season. However, it should enable him to be available for selection for the World Cup preparations.”

Robson, who was back on the pitch last week running water for his teammates in their win over Worcester, has tweeted on March 16, the day of England’s dramatic draw with Scotland, that he was confident that what was going on wasn’t career threatening. 

“Obviously pretty devastated by my recent news but I know I am in the best hands to get back to full health and back on the pitch as soon as I can,” he wrote. 

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“Appreciate all the support from everyone and a special out to the medical staff that have aided me especially in locating the issue and acting so promptly.”

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Rodda will be a walk up starter at lock. Frost if you analyse his dominance has little impact and he’s a long way from being physical enough, especially when you compare to Rodda and the work he does. He was quite poor at the World Cup in his lack of physicality. Between Rodda and Skelton we would have locks who can dominate the breakdown and in contact. Frost is maybe next but Schmidt might go for a more physical lock who does their core work better like Ryan or LSL. Swain is no chance unless there’s a load of injuries. Pollard hasn’t got the scrum ability yet to be considered. Nasser dominated him when they went toe to toe and really showed him up. Picking Skelton effects who can play 6 and 8. Ideally Valetini would play 6 as that’s his best position and Wilson at 8 but that’s not ideal for lineout success. Cale isn’t physical enough yet in contact and defence but is the best backrow lineout jumper followed by Wright, Hanigan and Swinton so unfortunately Valetini probably will start at 8 with Wright or Hanigan at 6. Wilson on the bench, he’s got too much quality not to be in the squad. Paisami is leading the way at 12 but Hamish Stewart is playing extremely well also and his ball carrying has improved significantly. Beale is also another option based on the weekend. Beale is class but he’s also the best communicator of any Australian backline player and that can’t be underestimated, he’ll be in the mix.

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