Eddie Jones has revealed Henry Slade could move to inside centre in the Guinness Six Nations and form a new 10-12 partnership with fly-half Marcus Smith.
When asked who would start outside of Smith, England’s head coach, speaking at the Guinness Six Nations Launch, said: “We’ve got other experienced players and we may move Sladey (Henry Slade) in from 13 to 12.
“It’s important for any 10 in the world whether that’s Smith, whether that’s Finn Russell or Ntamack for France, it’s important that the 12 is a good communicator and takes some of the pressure away from the 10, as well as giving good information and assisting in the defence role.
“So, the Marcus situation is no different from any other team in the world.”
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England injury list and suspensions – Farrell, Lawes, May, Tuilagi, Underhill
All the latest information on injuries and suspensions in the England Six Nations squad, with updates taken directly from Eddie Jones press conferences and interviews.
#1. Owen Farrell
Farrell was initially named skipper when the squad was announced, only for him to suffer an injury setback at Saracens training.
Jones said: “Owen has had his operation so he’ll be out of the Six Nations. Massive blow for him personally, but it’s a chance for people to step up.”
His club Sarries revealed in a statement: “Owen Farrell will undergo surgery today on an ankle injury sustained in training last week.
“The recovery period has been estimated at eight to ten weeks until his return to action.”