LONDON – Ruaridh McConnochie, who was a surprise choice for England’s Rugby World Cup squad, will have to wait to make his debut after pulling out of the test with Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
The 27-year-old wing — formerly a sevens specialist who won Olympic silver in 2016 — has a minor muscle strain and has been replaced by Anthony Watson.
McConnochie, who only switched to the 15-a-side game last year, missed Sunday’s 33-19 victory over Wales at Twickenham due to a hip problem.
“Ruaridh McConnochie has been withdrawn from the squad today due to a minor muscle strain and will be replaced on the right wing by Anthony Watson,” England Rugby said in a statement.
England coach Eddie Jones had said on Friday that McConnochie’s injury was a different one to the previous week.
Jones will still have two chances to test McConnochie before England’s World Cup opener, against Tonga in Japan on Sept. 22, with warm-up tests against Ireland next Saturday at Twickenham and then Italy on Sept. 6 in Newcastle.