England Star In Race To Be Fit For World Cup In Japan

Sidelined.

England coach John Mitchell has confirmed that forward Brad Shields will be absent for up to six weeks, meaning that he is a doubt for their World Cup opener in Japan.

Shields injured his foot in training and will now miss all of England’s warm-up games, and potentially a portion of the tournament itself.

“Brad has got a tear in the lower foot,” assistant coach Mitchell told reporters.

“It’s always a little bit niggly – and it’s four to six weeks for him – but we will continue to appraise his recovery and see where he gets to.”

Alex Dombrandt was called up as a replacement in the 38-man squad, while 2015 Rugby World Cup captain Chris Robshaw continues to be left out of Jones’ squad.

Mitchell says Jones will making a decision on bringing Shields to Japan or not closer to the tournament.

“Eddie will decide, obviously we’ve got a deadline and that’s important but Eddie will decide on who’s right and who’s not right. There’s plenty of time to go and there are no major concerns.” Mitchell added