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No Lawes, Curry at England training but son of ex-Test prop helps out

By Liam Heagney
(Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Courtney Lawes was missing from Tuesday’s England pitch session in Le Touquet-Paris-Plage, but assurances were given that the skipper’s availability wasn’t a concern for next Sunday’s Rugby World Cup pool match versus Japan in Nice.

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The 34-year-old forward produced a performance for the ages last Saturday in Marseille, leading his 14-man side to a comfortable – and unexpected – 27-10 victory over Argentina in their first outing at France 2023.

England came into the tournament on the back of five defeats in their last six matches.

However, despite the loss of Tom Curry to a third-minute red card, they fought off the Pumas with an inspired performance in which out-half George Ford kicked all 27 points – including a 10-minute first-half drop goal hat-trick.

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Lawes was said to be resting – and he wasn’t the only member of the 33-strong England squad who was absent from the field session as Curry, who was having his virtual independent disciplinary hearing later on Tuesday, was also elsewhere. He was ultimately given a three-game ban that can be reduced to two if he successfully completes tackle school.

Team Form

Last 5 Games

3
Wins
2
1
Streak
1
13
Tries Scored
15
-5
Points Difference
-19
2/5
First Try
1/5
2/5
First Points
1/5
1/5
Race To 10 Points
2/5

To balance training numbers this week ahead of the clash with the Japanese, head coach Steve Borthwick has called in the 25-year-old Newcastle wing/centre Ben Stevenson and the 19-year-old Bath No8 Arthur Green to help out.

Green’s father Will is the former England prop, who won four caps during his lengthy Wasps career.

George Kruis, the now-retired starter in the 2019 World Cup final versus South Africa, was also a training ground addition as was brought in on a temporary basis to help Borthwick drill the lineout.

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Despairing 276 days ago

SB: "George! I want you to teach our pack the typical Japanese line out calls"

GK: "Why? half their forwards cant speak Japanese"

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