Eddie Jones has named his England team to play Italy this morning as they look to bounce back from disappointment in their opener last weekend.
George Ford reclaims the England No 10 shirt for this Saturday’s clash with captain Owen Farrell reverting to inside-centre.
Mako Vunipola is back from injury at loose-head prop, with Kyle Sinckler (tight-head prop) and Luke Cowan-Dickie (hooker) also returning to the starting line-up, in the front row. Jonny Hill and Maro Itoje stay as locks.
Courtney Lawes starts at blind-side flanker in the England team to play Italy, with Tom Curry continuing at open-side flanker and Billy Vunipola at No. 8.
Jonny May is at left wing and Anthony Watson right wing. Elliot Daly will be at full back and Ben Youngs remains at scrum half.
Ben Earl, Charlie Ewels, Jamie George, Ellis Genge, Dan Robson, Max Malins, Will Stuart and Jack Willis are named as finishers.
England team to play Italy:
15. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 48 caps)
14. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 47 caps)
13. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 35 caps)
12. Owen Farrell (C) (Saracens, 89 caps)
11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 62 caps)
10. George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 73 caps)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 105 caps)
1. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 63 caps)
2. Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 27 caps)
3. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 40 caps)
4. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 44 caps)
5. Jonny Hill (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps)
6. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 86 caps)
7. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 29 caps)
8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 57 caps)
16. Jamie George (Saracens, 55 caps)
17. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 24 caps)
18. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 9 caps)
19. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 17 caps)
20. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 9 caps)
21. Jack Willis (Wasps, 2 caps)
22. Dan Robson (Wasps, 8 caps)
23. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, 4 caps)
England v Italy prediction:
When is England v Italy?
Saturday, February 13.
What time is kick-off?
The match will start at 2.15pm GMT.
What TV channel is it on?
ITV will broadcast this fixture, as they have the rights to all of England’s home matches.
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