Hughes set for full de­but against Fiji

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Nathan Hughes is ex­pected to take part in to­day’s fi­nal train­ing ses­sion as he pre­pares to re­place Tom Wood in Eng­land’s back row against Fiji on Satur­day. Hughes has been strug­gling with a lower leg in­jury but the ex­plo­sive 25-year-old is on course to make his full Test de­but in the second of four au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als at Twick­en­ham. In a sur­prise move by Ed­die Jones, Wood has been dropped for the clash with Fiji de­spite be­ing praised by the head coach for his per­for­mance in a 37-21 vic­tory over South Africa last week­end. Hughes is set to edge Teimana Har­ri­son for the No. 7 jersey in the only change to the pack that started against the Spring­boks. “Woody did ex­cep­tion­ally well, but we are just look­ing at it on a game by game ba­sis. Nathan did well when he was on and we want to pos­si­bly give him an op­por­tu­nity,” said scrum coach Neal Hat­ley. “Ed­die has talked about want­ing to make sure that we are look­ing across the spec­trum of play­ers. “Nathan brings a big ball car­ry­ing threat. He hits hard and car­ries the ball well and against Fiji we know that they are go­ing to carry the ball hard, so we need stop­ping power. “It will be a bril­liant op­por­tu­nity for Nathan if he is in­volved.”

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