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The Englishman Heinz lost for the final, Spencer called for reinforcement



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Tokyo (AFP)

Half of England national team substitute Willi Heinz left the World Cup final with a thigh injury, coach Fring said on Sunday.

Heinz (32 years old, 9 seeds) injured his thigh after entering in the 63rd minute to replace Ben Youngs in the semifinals against New Zealand (19-7) on Saturday in Yokohama (Tokyo suburb). He will remain with the group until the end of the competition.

Spencer (27 years, 3 seeds), who played for the Saracens, was selected in the extended group to prepare for the World Cup before coach Eddie Jones finally chose Heinz as Youngs liner. He will arrive Monday in Japan.

XV of the Rose clashed in the final next Saturday in Yokohama, Wales or South Africa, against Sunday in the second semifinal.


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