England will not be deterred from accepting Jack Nowell to the World Cup despite the most recent setback that forced the Exeter wing to undergo emergency surgery.
Nowell’s miserable run of luck continued in the squad’s training camp at north-east Italy on arrival when gut pain saw him admitted to a local hospital.
That day his appendix was removed and it wasn’t until four nights that he was introduced to continue his recovery, several kilograms lighter and with a ferocious appetite.
It was the latest twist in a tale of woe that has prevented him from getting involved in the three World Cup warm-up games staged thus much.
An ankle injury sustained during the Gallagher Premiership final on June 2 resulted in operation and, after having a complication during his rehabilitation, Exeter boss Rob Baxter declared he is”touch and go” to become prepared for Japan.
However, England have signaled he will travel that, at that time that the Pool C matches from Argentina and France are all staged, he will be healthy and at full fitness.
As his blockbusting performance in the Premiership final indicated, Nowell is a versatile participant who breaks tackles. If match, he is a certainty for Eddie Jones’ matchday 23.
“Jack’s been’gutsing’ it a little. He’s a resilient bugger rather than a lot down him. But he is nice and hungry!” Defence coach John Mitchell explained.
“He is in our World Cup squad. We are going to be financing Jack. We are no different to a lot of squads. Everybody’s got niggles and bits and bits. Encourage and you have got to back that threat.
“There is always danger. We have got to back our instinct, our personal instincts and our strategies instead of falling into the trap of becoming hasty.
“At this point in time we again Jack and we’re going to support him to get to that point. We would not be doing exactly what we’re doing we believed that’s how that he’s heading.”
Speaking at the World Cup squad statement of England last month, Nowell disclosed the injuries that have plagued his Test career have taken an emotional toll.
“Over the last few years if I am honest I have really, really fought with my injuries,” Nowell said.
“Normally I’m pretty confident and can find something to work , but I have really fought.
“You feel a little that you’re letting them down you can’t stand out there all of the time.
“You play as you want to play each and every game in order to be told, or to your own body to inform you that you can’t play is the most frustrating thing.
“When I tore my hamstring in practice in the fall international I did not really believe it.
“The physios were telling me and the scans were telling me but it was really killing me to be told I would be out for six or seven weeks. I was in captivity.”
Nowell’s Exeter team-mate Henry Slade seems increasingly unlikely to play against Italy as he he continues his recovery from a knee injury.
Slade has missed rout of Ireland and also the double-header from Wales to face him with the possibility of entering the World Cup in the bank because the Premiership final on June 1.
After recovering from a hamstring injury, wing Ruaridh McConnochie is expected to make his debut.