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Injury worry: Billy Vunipola
Injury worry: Billy Vunipola

By Duncan Bech

Jamie George insists England have the firepower to cover for Billy Vunipola if his Saracens team-mate is ruled out of Saturday's World Cup clash with France.

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Vunipola failed to appear for the second half of last weekend's 39-10 victory over Argentina after suffering an ankle injury that required ongoing treatment on the Tokyo Stadium pitch.

The marauding No.8 has undergone a scan and a definitive update is expected today, but with a quarter-final place already secured, the overwhelming priority is to ensure he is fit for the knockouts.

If Vunipola fails to pull through then Tom Curry or Mark Wilson will deputise for the Pool C finale in Yokohama, but his absence would still have a significant impact on England.

George said: "Eddie (Jones) made us aware of it when Billy came off at half-time. He said there will potentially be more responsibility for the other guys to step up and want the ball.

"If he does or doesn't play then we're all aware that we need to get our hands on the ball and impose ourselves."

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