The country of England will provide support to Feyi-Waboso in managing outside distractions as he gets ready for his match against Wales.
According to Steve Borthwick, England is prepared to support Immanuel Feyi-Waboso in ignoring outside distractions this week as the Cardiff-born wing prepares for the upcoming Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday.
The 21-year-old player debuted for England during the final moments of their 27-24 win over Italy in Rome on Saturday. He will aim to maintain his spot on the team and potentially play in his first official match at Twickenham. Feyi-Waboso’s decision to join the English team was met with backlash from some Welsh fans, and coach Warren Gatland has also expressed doubts about the choice, with his assistant Neil Jenkins reportedly unimpressed.
At the World Cup, Owen Farrell, the previous captain of England’s team, received negative reactions from fans and Tom Curry faced criticism on social media for claiming he experienced a racial insult. Farrell has chosen not to play for England anymore, but Borthwick strongly believes that Feyi-Waboso will receive the necessary support.
Players from England have the opportunity to work with a sports psychologist, either in person or through remote means, throughout the Six Nations tournament. Borthwick has stated that they are aware of the importance of taking care of players’ mental well-being. After the experience at the World Cup, there is a greater understanding of external pressures and influences. Therefore, our goal is to provide all players with the necessary support they require.
Regarding Manny, my observation is that he is dedicated to his training, enjoys spending time with his teammates, and prioritizes studying for his medical degree. Therefore, he is quite busy and likely does not have much time to overthink matters.
England have named a 36-man squad for Wales – the same training group that attended the camp in Girona last week apart from Marcus Smith, who has already been ruled out of the match. Borthwick has opted against adding a fly-half replacement with George Furbank offering cover.
Borthwick expressed optimism for Smith’s potential participation in the final stages of the tournament. He has also enlisted Martin to join the team for rehabilitation. Borthwick noted the strength of their two fly-halves, Ford and Smith, and mentioned Furbank’s versatility as he has been training in both fly-half and full-back positions. Furbank has performed well as a fly-half for Northampton, providing the team with additional options and flexibility. At this time, Borthwick does not foresee the need to add another fly-half to their roster.