- Curry returns from ankle injury
- Forward gives England back-row options
- Sinfield optimistic despite injuries and suspensions disrupting preparation
England have been handed some rare good news in what has been a troubled Rugby World Cup build up. Flanker Tom Curry is gearing up for a pivotal return to the squad as they prepare to kick off their World Cup campaign against Argentina this Saturday. The 25-year-old player has been sidelined since May due to an ankle injury, missing all of England’s pre-World Cup warm-up matches last month. However, his comeback is expected to provide a significant boost to the team’s prospects.
Sinfield delighted at Curry return
England’s defence coach, Kevin Sinfield, expressed his delight at Curry’s return, highlighting the positive impact he could have on the squad. Sinfield commended Curry’s performance during training sessions, emphasising his excellence on the field.
Sinfield also had no reservations about Curry’s immediate recall to the starting lineup, citing his substantial experience with 45 caps and his versatility in various back row positions. This adaptability allows England to utilise Curry’s skills strategically, depending on the team’s needs.
The timing of Curry’s return couldn’t be more crucial for England, as they look to shore up a defence that conceded 12 tries during their four warm-up matches ahead of the World Cup. Adding to their challenges are suspensions to key players Owen Farrell and Billy Vunipola, who will both be absent for the opening match against Argentina.
Curry, a standout performer for England during their journey to the 2019 World Cup final, could be poised to make a comeback in the number six position, where his prowess could significantly bolster the team’s defence.
Sinfield acknowledged that the recent suspensions had disrupted the team’s consistency and the changes in the back row had presented additional challenges. However, he remained optimistic about the squad’s ability to improve and progress in the tournament.
Despite acknowledging that England have not met their expectations so far, Sinfield expressed confidence in the team’s potential for growth and development. He also noted a subtle shift in the team’s approach, indicating a willingness to adapt and make necessary adjustments.
The defence coach didn’t shy away from recognising the need for improvement, especially in tackling efficiency. The team’s performance in the previous matches revealed areas that require rectification. Addressing these shortcomings will be pivotal in ensuring a more competitive showing in the World Cup.
Sinfield also emphasised his commitment to the players, acknowledging his responsibility and accountability for the team’s performance. His dedication to working with the squad and his belief in their ability to excel in the tournament underscored the determination within the England camp to make strides forward.
The return of Curry to the England rugby squad is a significant development ahead of their World Cup opener against Argentina. His experience, versatility, and past performances make him a valuable asset to the team, particularly as they seek to strengthen their defence. Despite challenges posed by suspensions and prior results, the squad is determined to improve and excel in the tournament, with Curry’s comeback playing a crucial role in their efforts.
Punters should be aware that should Curry hit the ground running, Steve Borthwick’s side’s chances against Argentina will improve, along with their chances of doing well in the tournament. At the time of writing bet365 are offering 20/21 for both England to win and Argentina to win, with a draw at 18/1. They currently have England at 14/1 to win the tournament, compared to New Zealand. 11/4, France 3/1, South Africa 10/3, Ireland 5/1 and Australia 11/1. Argentina are next in line after England at 22/1. Prices are correct at the time of writing and are subject to change.