ENG­LAND

The Herald - Sport - - RUGBY WORLD CUP -

Eng­land cen­tre Jonathan Joseph con­tin­ued to of­fer hope that he might be ready for the crit­i­cal World Cup show­down with Aus­tralia af­ter play­ing a role in train­ing yesterday.

Joseph was ruled of the 28-25 de­feat by Wales be­cause of a pec­toral mus­cle in­jury and faces a race against time to prove his fit­ness for Satur­day’s visit of the Wal­la­bies, who must be beaten if the hosts are to stay in the tour­na­ment. If fit, Joseph is an au­to­matic se­lec­tion at out­side cen­tre and the make-up of Eng­land’s mid­field hinges on his avail­abil­ity.

“Jonathan walked through this morn­ing with us and is due to train this af­ter­noon. We’ll see if he plays a full part,” at­tack­ing skills Mike Catt said.

Num­ber eight Ben Mor­gan has re­cov­ered from his knee prob­lem and is avail­able to face Aus­tralia, but lock Court­ney Lawes and scrum-half Ben Youngs are un­likely to re­cover in time from their re­spec­tive knee and an­kle is­sues. Eng­land name their team to­mor­row.

“We’ll see who is fit and healthy on Thurs­day and make a fi­nal de­ci­sion,” Catt said. “Who­ever we de­cide to se­lect or who­ever is fit, we have to­tal belief we can go and score tries against teams. Aus­tralia love an open game, but we are also ca­pa­ble of scor­ing tries.”

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