Nowell set for World Cup after undergoing successful ankle surgery


England winger Jack Nowell underwent successful surgery on his ankle on Tuesday and is set to be available for the Rugby World Cup in September, his club Exeter Chiefs have said.

Nowell was forced off the field in a 37-34 defeat to Saracens in the Gallagher Premiership Final earlier this month following a collision with opposing winger Sean Maitland.

Exeter Chiefs director of rugby Rob Baxter confirmed that Nowell is set to be available after the winger was previously thought to be an injury risk for the tournament in Japan.

“Jack’s had an operation on his ankle and at this stage we see no reason why it should jeopardise him being involved with England at the Rugby World Cup nor with us heading into the new season,” Baxter said in a statement.

The England and British & Irish Lions International has made 31 appearances for England, scoring 60 points, and has two Lions caps.

England have four World Cup warm up matches scheduled in August before the tournament starts on Sept. 20.


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