McConnochie may have to wait for England debut
Ruaridh McConnochie may have to wait a little longer before he can make his England debut due to a muscle problem.
The Bath wing was a surprise inclusion in Eddie Jones' final 31-man squad for next month's World Cup in Japan and he had been due to cap a memorable week by making his Test debut in England's World Cup warm-up match against Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday.
However, the 27-year-old's involvement has now been thrown into doubt due to muscle soreness and he will be assessed again in the build-up to Saturday's contest.
McConnochie had originally been due to make his debut against Wales during last weekend's first World Cup warm-up match at Twickenham, but a hip problem put pay to those hopes, although Jones is not too concerned given there is no connection between the two injuries.
"He's just a bit sore," Jones confirmed. "It is not the same injury as last week. We're confident he might recover."
England have not included a replacement for McConnochie on their replacements bench, which means the 27-year-old's Bath team-mate Anthony Watson or Leicester's Jonny May will be drafted into the matchday squad.
The 2003 world champions are already without one wing in Exeter's Jack Nowell, who is continuing his rehabilitation from the ankle injury he originally picked up during last season's Premiership final.
Tom McGarry completed his sports journalist degree in 2011,and has since has become an integral part of the editorial and audio team. He is passionate about all things sport, particularly football, and is a lifelong supporter of his hometown club Carlisle United.