Eddie Jones Names Scintillating Team As England Seek Bonus Point Win

Silvia Morton
March 17, 2019

The powerhouse wing produced a man-of-the-match display in England's 57-14 thrashing of Italy as he rampaged around Twickenham last weekend, with former England coach Clive Woodward comparing the Fiji-born flyer to New Zealand great Jonah Lomu.

England had started by far the stronger of the two sides, and just over a minute was on the clock when Jack Nowell weaved his way inside from the touchline to dot down after brilliant play from Exeter teammate Henry Slade.

Head coach Jones explained the shock selection by revealing he has a plan based on the summer's four World Cup warm-up Tests that will develop the 21-year-old in time for Japan 2019.

"He's a good young player and we're looking after him", Jones told a media conference.

"We just feel it's right for him not be involved in matchday squad but he'll still learn from being around the squad".

The hosts thought they had scored again, in the 19th minute, but TV replays showed Ben Youngs had knocked on.

Jones added: "He's a young player and you need to bring young players through carefully".

'We've got a good plan in place for him [Cokanasiga].

Jones has reverted to his first-choice midfield with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres outside Farrell, resulting in Ben Te'o's demotion to the bench as threequarter cover.

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There are also two changes in the pack, with Mark Wilson back at blindside flanker instead of Brad Shields and prop Ben Moon returning in place of Ellis Genge.

Ben Youngs will be making his 85th England appearance to surpass the national record for a scrum-half held by Danny Care.

England will need to beat Scotland in the final game and hope for Wales to either lose or draw the game against Ireland in Cardiff to claim the Six Nations title.

Eddie Jones' England led 31-7 at halftime - scoring 30 or more points in the first half for the third time in this year's Six Nations tournament. Scotland is a hard side, they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow.

England could have won the Championship had Wales dropped points against Ireland.

"We can talk about the aftermath of this later on you have to give credit to Wales - they're deserved Grand Slam winners".

It appears that, in the end, Townsend was able to convince Russell that the kicking option was not intrinsically wrong but needed to be better executed - and with everyone on the same wavelength, Scotland were able to dictate the game for most of the second half.

"We still have a long way to go don't get me wrong but it's going to be massively important for Saturday".

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