England recall Sam Underhill as replacement for injured Jack Willis

Sam Underhill was part of England's 2019 Rugby World Cup side
Sam Underhill was part of England's 2019 Rugby World Cup side

England have recalled Bath back-row Sam Underhill as a replacement for the injured Jack Willis as Steve Borthwick's side begin to focus on their World Cup quarter-final against Fiji.

Willis picked up a neck injury during his side's win over Chile on 23rd September and was ruled out of the remainder of the campaign.

Head coach Steve Borthwick waited until their final group fixture against Samoa to name the replacement as he recalled Underhill, who played a key part in the 2019 Rugby World Cup campaign in which they reached the final.

The 27-year-old was initially named in England's training squad but was left out from the final 33 player list that was named before the warm-up matches. He was recently seen playing for Bath in the recent Premiership Cup victory over Exeter on Saturday and is set to link up with the squad ahead of their quarter-final game against runners up of Pool C - Fiji or Australia.

"Sam was outstanding this summer," said defence coach Kevin Sinfield.

"He trained the house down and we have followed him closely and kept in touch.

"He is a Test match animal, a fantastic player and it shows some of the quality we have back in England.

"There are some small differences between him and Jack but many similarities and he is a great character as well - he knows what it is like to play well at World Cups."