Eng­land, NZ sign off with bags of tries

The Sunday Telegraph (Sydney) - - RACING -

ENG­LAND got the World Cup send-off they wanted, beat­ing Italy 37-0 with help from a man who will not be trav­el­ling to Ja­pan.

Cen­tre Joe Marchant, who got his chance with Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph un­der treat­ment, scored an out­stand­ing try in New­cas­tle.

Eng­land’s first home game away from Twick­en­ham since 2015 was ini­tially a low-key af­fair, with the big St James’s Park crowd unim­pressed by their first-half per­for­mance. But Marchant’s solo try af­ter 53 min­utes gave them some­thing to cheer.

It was only 9-0 at half­time but Eng­land ran in four sec­ond-half tries to run out com­fort­able win­ners.

Eng­land will be with­out prop Mako Vu­nipola and wing Jack Now­ell for at least their first two games of the World Cup in Ja­pan.

Vu­nipola tore scar tis­sue on an old ham­string in­jury as a sec­ond-half re­place­ment against Ire­land last month, and Now­ell is re­cov­er­ing from a se­ri­ous an­kle in­jury.

The All Blacks wrapped up their cup prepa­ra­tions with a ru­n­away 92-7 vic­tory over Tonga, with Ge­orge Bridge scor­ing four times in the 14-try romp in Hamil­ton yes­ter­day.

Coach Steve Hansen wanted to fine-tune his ex­pan­sive game plan be­fore head­ing to Tokyo and his cham­pi­ons did not dis­ap­point.

Scot­land stuck six more tries on Ge­or­gia in a sloppy 36-9 win at Mur­ray­field in their last warm-up match.

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