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Henry Arundell is set to return from injury for London Irish’s clash with Harlequins as part of Six Nations fitness

The England speedster has been out since October with foot problems but returned to full training with the Exiles this week.

Arundell has been left out of Steve Borthwick’s Six Nations squad through injury but the new England boss has already admitted he could consider bringing the 20-year-old live if he does. proves his fitness and form.

The three-cap winger will miss England’s tournament opener against Scotland at Twickenham on February 4, although he could still be ready to play later in the competition.

Ireland defense coach Brad Davis has praised Arundell’s hard work to get back into shape, after being injured in the 22-21 defeat at Gloucester on October 21 and then undergoing surgery in December.

“Henry Arundell is back in training and could come into contention this week, it’s super exciting for us and rugby as a whole so that’s great news,” Davis said.

“It’s just good for the kid himself to be on the training ground and doing what he loves. He got a little involved last week, and we just got him going slowly.

“He will train this week and we will see how he goes, but first of all we have to make sure he is 100 per cent ready and has enough charge in his body to be ready for a game.

“But just to have him back on the training ground, I think that’s huge for him, and great for us and also for England to have him on the pitch.

“The first thing is he’s 100 per cent fit and ready to play and then when he arrives he’s able to play. Then it’s expected that he doesn’t necessarily pick up exactly where he left off. Because every time you’ve had a long injury layoff, there are always parts of your game the timing can be slightly off, just to get back to the speed of the game.

“Henry is no different. So touch wood for him personally that he has an awful lot of games to come in his career, and because of that, there’s no point in rushing him at this young age.

Influential South African center Benhard Van Rensburg remains doubtful for the Irish capital derby against Quins on Sunday at the Gtech Community Stadium in Brentford with an ankle problem.

“Benhard hasn’t practiced this week yet, so we’ll be watching him,” Davis said. “He will always raise his hand to play, but there is still a lot for us at the end of the season, so we want to make sure that if he plays he can give his best.”

The Irish will head into the Quins clash following a hugely creditable 21-21 Champions Cup draw at Montpellier, but which saw the Exiles concede a 21-0 lead and also exit Europe completely .

Davis insisted the Irish were frustrated by another near miss in a result that also showed great promise.

“I think our defense has improved tremendously over the last four to five weeks, and we’re just starting to reap the benefits,” he said.

“I think we have one of the highest tackle completion percentages in the competition, we concede the fewest line breaks. But at the end of the day, the most important thing is winning rugby matches.

“We’ve had a lot of close calls this year, and hopefully we can start to convert those draws and close quarters losses into wins. We’re not far off. It’s frustrating, I have to say I’m frustrated Frustrated that we are close but not close enough how we move these by centers.


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