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England's Tuilagi has one training session to prove fitness ahead of Australia test

Manu Tuilagi has one last training session to prove his fitness for England's final Quilter International against Australia at Twickenham. Credit: PA

Manu Tuilagi has one last training session to prove his fitness for England's final Quilter International against Australia at Twickenham.

Tuilagi was expected to be ruled out of Saturday's climax to the autumn with the groin strain that has prevented him from playing this month, only to be retained in a 26-man squad that is making final preparations to face the Wallabies.

Eddie Jones names his team at lunchtime on Thursday and will assess Tuilagi's availability after this afternoon's make-or-break session.

"We need to find out where he's at and whether he's at 100 per cent," defence coach John Mitchell said.

"We expect him to train this afternoon, but like all players we intend to have restricted training activities based on their individual needs."

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Halfpenny to miss Wales' meeting with South Africa

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' Under Armour Series finale against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday. Credit: PA

Leigh Halfpenny has been ruled out of Wales' Under Armour Series finale against South Africa in Cardiff on Saturday.

The goalkicking full-back suffered concussion following a challenge by Australia centre Samu Kerevi when Wales beat the Wallabies 10 days ago.

Kerevi escaped sanction following the incident, but Wales have now lost 80 times-capped Halfpenny for the Springboks fixture.

"Leigh is out," Wales assistant coach Rob Howley told reporters at Wales' training base on Tuesday.

"He did some training on Saturday morning, and he was still feeling a little bit light-headed.

"It is just a commonsense approach, really. A player's welfare comes first. He unfortunately misses out this weekend."

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Kruis ruled out of England's remaining autumn Internationals

George Kruis has been ruled out of England's last two autumn matches because of a calf injury sustained against New Zealand on Saturday. Credit: PA

George Kruis has been ruled out of England's last two autumn matches because of a calf injury sustained against New Zealand on Saturday.

Kruis was replaced by Charlie Ewels in the 66th minute of the 16-15 defeat at Twickenham and will not play any part in the remaining Quilter Internationals against Japan and Australia.

It is a bitter blow to the Saracens second row who has impressed so far this autumn, not least for his expertise as line-out caller.

Maro Itoje, Ewels, Elliott Stooke and Courtney Lawes are the locks included in a 30-man squad that is to assemble at England's Surrey training base on Tuesday afternoon to begin preparations for the visit of Japan.

Full-back Mike Brown is overlooked once more and there are minor doubts over Dylan Hartley and Manu Tuilagi, who are nursing thumb and groin issues.

Eddie Jones names his team to face the side he coached at the 2015 World Cup on Thursday.

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