Rugby World Cup: Anthony Watson says England will not fear injuries in final warm-up
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England ago Anthony Watson says England won’t fear accidents .
Amount eight Billy Vunipola begins for captain Owen Farrell and the fourth successive match will play in the beginning.
The match at St James’ Park in Newcastle on Friday will be England before they travel on Sunday into Japan.
“You can not worry about it and I am not worried,” said Watson, who earns his first start at full-back for England since an Achilles injury in March 2018.
“As soon as you begin entering contact at 85% and begin worrying about making sure you get on the airplane on Sundayyou won’t play as well as you can and you’d likely get hurt anyway.”
England open their World Cup campaign against Tonga on 22 September.
While Jonathan Joseph and centers Henry Slade are recovering from knee and leg muscular issues respectively wing Jack Nowell will still fly into Japan despite fighting with an ankle injury and appendicitis.
One player who won’t be risked on Friday is middle Manu Tuilagi, with Joe Marchant starting despite not being a part of their World Cup squad.
Vunipola, who struck his arm twice in 2018, is the only player in head coach Eddie Jones’ 31-man World Cup squad who would have begun all four of those summer Tests, which could be considered a risk given Wales have already lost starting fly-half Gareth Anscombe into some warm-up injury.
But Farrell states Vunipola wouldn’t want to be seated on the sidelines.
“Billy loves being out there, he enjoys being involved,” he said. “He has looked in excellent condition. He’s been working and enjoying well. It is good for him to find a run out.”
The week, prior to losing to the exact opponents england began their World Cup preparations at Twickenham. Jones’ aspect recorded their biggest winning margin against Ireland then travelled to Treviso, Italy for a training camp.
Friday’s match marks the first time an England Test will happen to be played in St James’ Park.
Elliot Daly had been Jones’ since last summer, but the 26-year-old was rewarded for the trip of Italy.
Watson is joined in the three Bath Ruaridh McConnochie and by Jonny May, who is at the World Cup squad but has not won a cap due to injury.
Watson insists he will not require another strategy for the change of position, after playing at wing for both of the matches from Wales.
“My mindset does not really change that much. The roles of wing and also full-back are extremely synonymous,” he explained.
“Playing wing in the last two matches gives me a better view on what’s anticipated from the full-back and exactly what the full-back anticipates from his wingers.
“I only need to be quite vocal, aside from that nothing actually changes.”
Italy trainer Conor O’Shea has made 11 changes to the side which was defeated 47-19 by France last week, having captain Sergio Parisse rested for their match.
New Zealand-born lock number eight Jimmy Tuivati, who is not from the World Cup squad will direct the side and joins in the bunch Dean Budd.
Gloucester scrum-half Callum Braley, who captained England Under-20s in 2014 to World Championship success, which makes his first start to Italy.
Italy start their World Cup campaign against Namibia on 22 September.
England: Watson; McConnochie, Marchant, Francis, May; Farrell (c), Youngs; Marler, George, Cole, Launchbury, Lawes, Curry, Wilson, B Vunipola.
Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Sinckler Kvesic Ford, Cokanasiga.
Italy: Hayward; Bellini, Bisegni, Benvenuti, Padovani; Canna, Braley; Quaglio, Fabiani, Ferrari, Sisi, Budd (c), Negri, Steyn,Tuivaiti.
Replacements: Zani Riccioni Zanni, Mbanda, Palazzani, Allan.
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