Rugby

England's Joe Marchant replaces Jonathan Joseph for warm-up test with Ireland

AFP-JIJI

Joe Marchant has replaced Jonathan Joseph on the replacements bench for England’s Rugby World Cup warm-up Test with Ireland at Twickenham on Saturday.

The 23-year-old center, who won his first cap when he came on for the last two minutes of the win over Wales a fortnight ago, comes in because Joseph has “muscle soreness.”

Marchant is not, at the moment, on England’s 31-man squad for the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

“Joe Marchant has replaced Jonathan Joseph in England’s match day squad ahead of this afternoon’s test against Ireland,” read the Rugby Football Union statement.

“England head coach Eddie Jones has decided not to risk Joseph who has muscle soreness this morning.”

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