England expect to face New Zealand in Saturday’s World Cup semi-final with a fully fit squad after delivering a positive bulletin on Jonny May and Jack Nowell.
In a huge lift to Eddie Jones’s Webb Ellis Trophy hopefuls, May and Nowell are on course to recover from knocks in time for the last-four showdown at International Stadium Yokohama.
May suffered a minor hamstring injury during the closing stages of the 40-16 quarter-final victory over Australia, in which he celebrated his 50th cap by running two first-half tries. Nowell made his comeback from an ankle complaint against Argentina two weeks ago only to damage a hamstring, forcing him to sit out the four-try demolition of the Wallabies.
“Jonny’s in really good spirits, moving well, and we expect Jack to be fit for selection as well. It’s fantastic where we are – all 31 being available for selection at the end of the week,” said assistant coach Neil Hatley.