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An ankle injury will prevent Jack van Poortvliet from participating in the World Cup.


An ankle injury will force England’s scrum-half Jack van Poortvliet to sit out the Rugby World Cup. The injury necessitates surgical intervention, rendering him unavailable for the tournament.

To fill the void, Alex Mitchell, scrum-half for Northampton Saints, has been selected as his replacement.

Van Poortvliet, aged 22, sustained the injury during England’s 19-17 victory over Wales in a World Cup warm-up match. England’s head coach, Steve Borthwick, conveyed his sympathies and hopes for Van Poortvliet’s rapid recovery. Borthwick also expressed regret at the misfortune and conveyed well-wishes to the Leicester Tiger.

Van Poortvliet, a crucial figure in England’s 33-man World Cup squad, had served as the primary starting scrum-half during the Six Nations. He was also part of the lineup for the recent victory against Wales.

Adding to England’s challenges, fly-half Owen Farrell might potentially miss the beginning of the World Cup due to a red card incurred in the Wales match. This could compel England to reevaluate their half-back partnership just weeks before the tournament.

An ankle injury will prevent Jack van Poortvliet from participating in the World Cup.

The inclusion of Alex Mitchell, initially omitted from the squad in June, adds depth to the scrum-half options, alongside Ben Youngs and Danny Care.

As England gears up for their next warm-up encounter against Ireland in Dublin, the preparations have taken an unexpected turn due to Van Poortvliet’s injury. The team’s first World Cup match is scheduled against Argentina on September 9 in Marseille.

Commentary from Chris Jones, BBC’s rugby union correspondent, underscores the significance of Van Poortvliet’s absence, given his role as England’s premier scrum-half since his debut. The introduction of Alex Mitchell brings an element of dynamism and creativity, though his adaptability to Borthwick’s strategy remains a point of interest. The question of who will assume the scrum-half role in the upcoming warm-up matches—Ben Youngs or Danny Care—reiterates a storyline that has unfolded over the past decade.

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