Underhill replaces injured Willis in England squad

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Sam Underhill carries the ball during trainingSam Underhill has won 29 caps for England since his debut in June 2017

Bath's Sam Underhill will join up with England's Rugby World Cup squad as a replacement for flanker Jack Willis.

Willis was ruled out of the tournament on Thursday with a neck injury sustained in the 71-0 win over Chile.

Underhill, 27, was dropped from England's squad in July with Tom Willis and Tom Pearson initially preferred as back-row options before they failed to make the final Rugby World Cup party.

Underhill was a key part of England's run to the final four years ago.

His partnership with Tom Curry - nicknamed the Kamikaze Kids by then-England coach Eddie Jones - was pivotal in the semi-final win over New Zealand at Japan 2019.

However, Underhill's last international start was back in July 2022, with a series of injuries denying him regular game time.

"I was impressed by the environment, it is one of the best I have seen and I think regardless of the knee-jerk public outcry I think there is a lot of good stuff to come out of that group," he said in Augustexternal-link as England struggled in a series of warm-up games for the tournament.

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