Rugby World Cup 2019: Henry Slade & Manu Tuilagi bond key to England success
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By Tom Fordyce
Chief sports author in Sapporo, Japan
Centre Henry Slade maintains his bond with all midfield partner Manu Tuilagi will shoot England to World Cup success.
When chosen at the Sapporo Dome against Tonga on Sunday slade is fit to begin due to declare his group on Friday.
“Manu is indeed good to play with – the way we could use him to get is within the gain-line or maybe to conduct decoy traces is a gigantic weapon,” Slade said.
“It gives me a lot of time to play from the back of the and elsewhere.”
He added:”We now have different strengths and quite different weaknesses, and I think we complement one another and cover up each other’s weaknesses.”
Jones used Tuilagi and Slade together during the Six Nations out Owen Farrell in fly-half, having before in his regime preferred to use Farrell at inside-centre and George Ford in 10.
And Slade claims just how much both enjoy each other’s company from the pitch has encouraged his on-field understanding with the Tuilagi.
He told BBC Radio 5 Live:”We have always got on very well ever since we have known each other.
“We had been in camps to get a couple years but not really regularly – that he had been always athletic when I had been hurt or I had been match and he was hurt.
“But we’ve always made. I went to Dubai – Manu was out there along with his wife and child, therefore we’ve got a few days with him, also I had been out there using Jack Nowell and Ellis Genge.
“I really feel as if I get on really well with himand that bond away from the pitch will play a major part on it.
“It may take time learning to play with each other, but he and I’ve managed to pick this up pretty fast.
“Manu’s in quite good form. He’s got through the whole of this pre-season, which has been very great, although a real grind although tough.
“He seems like he is hungry to perform well. I’m eager to see what he does.”
England travelled north from sub-tropical Miyazaki into Sapporo from the north west Wednesday, states at the 12 degrees cooler than they had been in the island of Kyushu, the fresh weather coming much more indicative of fall straight home.
Short-term harm doubts Mark Wilson along with winger Joe Cokanasiga have returned into fuller training while Jack Nowell and also Mako Vunipola continue to be on track for a return from trauma later from the group stage.
Coach Eddie Jones has kept the players from the dark regarding his choice strategies before England’s second match against the USA suggesting he’ll look at all his choices before the stiffer tests of Argentina and France.
Slade explained:”You can never really tell with Eddie. We love to try various mixes and we have so many talented players, especially in midfield.
“What’s great about our midfield options is that everybody’s got different strengths, so all of the coaches wish to decide on, they have got an choice to select.
“We all can continue to spurring each other on as players, driving each other to keep improving.”
Slade was a routine alongside Tuilagi through England’s Six Nations campaign this year, scoring his third largest try .
He touched a week afterwards down again against France, that burgeoning facility partnership among the highlights to England in a campaign that decelerated from Wales in Cardiff and that draw against Scotland.
A knee injury kept the 26-year-old out of all four of England’s warm-up matches for this World Cup, but following coaching since arriving in Japan that he is ready to reignite that explosive mix.
He said:”The knee’s great – I’ve had a couple of weeks now to rehabilitation and make it better.
“I am feeling more and more convinced each day, and I get the opportunity to test it out in the weekend.
“Originally I was worried. You do not know until you receive your results back what it could be . It may have been a whole lot worse, but so it was a gigantic relief”
Four years back Slade was a last-minute bolter for the squad, impressing against France in the warm-up but left out of match-day action until the final group game against Uruguay, when England had gone out of Stuart Lancaster.
“Last World Cup that I was just over the moon to be chosen,” he explained.
“I had no expectations going in that camp, but that time that I’ve had quite a lot of quality game-time, and feel a real part of the squad.
“I’ve had a gigantic drive in the last World Cup to wanting to play a lot bigger role in this one.
“I feel as though the past Six Nations was a true step in the ideal way for me. I was very frustrated before that, perhaps not having played too as I could have for England.
“Hopefully when I get the opportunity I can keep improving on that.”
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