England have delayed naming their team for their clash with Fiji until Friday morning to give Billy Vunipola, Nathan Hughes and Elliot Daly every chance to prove their fitness.
Vunipola has upper body soreness, Hughes is struggling with a lower leg injury and Daly has an upper body injury and a decision has yet to be reached on their availability for the second autumn international at Twickenham on Saturday.
“There are a few injury concerns which we’re sorting through at the moment. We’re announcing the team on Friday,” head coach Eddie Jones said.
Teams have traditionally been named 48 hours before kick-off but England have not broken any regulations in postponing until the eve of the match.
“This delay is a deviation from our normal procedure but is in line with the regulations for team announcements,” Jones said.
“Billy and Nathan are still carrying knocks from the previous game. Elliot Daly is also carrying a knock from the previous game and we’re looking to see how they resolve themselves over the next 24 hours before making a final decision.
“It’s ongoing, sometimes these things take a good turn and sometimes they take a bad turn. You get more information or less information, good information or bad information. We’re processing all that.”
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Billy Vunipola, Hughes, Daly given chance to prove fitness
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