Exeter Chiefs wing Jack Nowell has been ruled out of England's match against the Wallabies this weekend after sustaining a hamstring injury during training yesterday, as reported by the Mail Online. The 25-year-old British and Irish Lion featured against Japan at outside centre last weekend but was expected to return to the wing against Australia.
Last weekend's 21-year-old debutant winger, Joe Cokanasiga, is set to earn a second start in as many weeks after claiming a second-half try on debut on Saturday. At 6ft4" and 114kg, the Fijian-born star would provide England with considerable punching power, with Worcester Warriors and Lions centre Ben Te'o recently promoted to the national side's first-choice inside centre.
Jones will name his team to face Australia at 11:30 am later today, with Cokanasiga standing as the only change to the starting XV that tasted narrow defeat to the All Blacks two weeks ago.
While the prospect of Cokanasiga tearing down the wing against the Wallabies is enough to fill even the neutral fan with eager anticipation, Nowell's injury has left Jones short on injury cover. With Manu Tuilagi reported to stand slim chances of featuring in the matchday 23 after aggravating a recurring groin injury, Henry Slade stands as the only man able to cover the back three.
Slade, who has started at outside centre for England in five out of the last six Test matches, has played at fullback for Exeter Chiefs on rare occasions, and could be shifted out of position if either Elliot Daly, Jonny May or Cokanasiga succumb to injury. With Fly-half George Ford and hybrid centre/standoff Piers Francis likely to feature from the bench, the England coaching staff will be hoping for a clean bill of health in the back three.