England wait on Marcus Smith’s fitness for South Africa World Cup semi-final

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  • Freddie Steward ready to step in at full-back
  • Kevin Sinfield: ‘You’re blown away by what Marcus does’

England are waiting on the fitness of Marcus Smith before finalising plans for the World Cup semi-final against South Africa on Saturday, with Freddie Steward waiting in the wings. Smith was unable to take a full part in training on Tuesday with England awaiting the latest medical bulletin and keeping the Springboks guessing over their selection at full-back.

The England defence coach, Kevin Sinfield, lauded Smith after only his second start in the No 15 jersey against Fiji but admitted he was on a modified training programme on Tuesday. Sinfield also pointed to how Steve Borthwick has not named an unchanged team throughout the tournament – in fact he has never done so as England head coach – and was full of praise for Steward, who is hoping for a recall.

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Written by Gerard Meagher in Paris
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