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Saturday 18 August 2018

Contepomi back for Pumas as England assess Easter injury

Argentina captain Felipe Contepomi is set to return from injury for the must-win World Cup Pool B clash with Scotland in Wellington on Sunday.

His inclusion means Martin Rodriguez has been moved to full-back. Contepomi suffered a rib injury in the opening 13-9 loss to England and missed last week's 43-8 defeat of Romania. He has undergone rigorous treatment in order to be fit for a match the Pumas have to win to have any hope of progressing to the quarter-finals.

The former Leinster back, now at Stade Francais, said: "I'm taking pain killers, anti-inflammatories and ice after the training session. I had a procedure done by the doctor of the team -- a small injection of dextrose. It's glucose, but it's nothing illegal.

"Luckily I've rested enough."

lEngland will make a final decision over Nick Easter's Rugby World Cup future on Sunday, manager Martin Johnson has confirmed.

Easter missed the 41-10 victory over Georgia after suffering a lower back injury and he remains sidelined for tomorrow's Pool B clash with Romania.

Leicester number eight Thomas Waldrom has been flown out to Dunedin and is on stand-by to replace Easter if he fails to recover.

Johnson said Easter was "progressing" but a final call will have to be made on Sunday, when England travel to Auckland to begin preparations for their decisive showdown with Scotland.

lItaly hooker Tommaso D'Apice has been ruled out of the World Cup after injuring knee ligaments and is to be replaced by Franco Sbaraglini.

D'Apice was injured in the Italians' 53-17 victory over Russia on Tuesday and will be sidelined for about three weeks, essentially ruling him out of the rest of the tournament.

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