Eddie Jones Makes Four Changes To England Team For Scotland Clash

Annette Crawford
Марта 16, 2019

Only five days earlier the 18-stones Bath battering ram was named man for the match for swatting aside Italian defenders easily in a performance that Sir Clive Woodward declared evoked memories of Jonah Lomu.

"Joe's a good, young player and we're looking after him", Jones told reporters at England's training base in Bagshot, southwest of London, on Thursday. We just feel it's right for him this week to not be involved in the matchday squad.

So you pick a Test where they're playing on a flat track, bat them at six, let them get runs, then you quietly build them up.' With the World Cup just six months away, Jones added: 'I don't need to fast-track him. "We don't need to rush him, we'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him".

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

Ben Youngs says England want to produce a ruthless performance against Scotland
Ben Youngs says England want to produce a ruthless performance against Scotland

The final game of the 2019 Six Nations sees the Calcutta Cup go on the line at Twickenham.

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.

'What I do know is that every decision that is made here, no matter how big or small, is always thought about and this will be no different.' Nowell's return is one of four changes to England's starting XV, with Ben Moon, Mark Wilson and Henry Slade also recalled to face Scotland.

At the other end of the scale, Ben Youngs will win his 85th cap, taking him ahead of Danny Care as England's most-capped scrumhalf. 'They never understand, ' said Jones.

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"With young players, particularly in this environment, you've got to look after them", England's head coach said. If they are to be crowned champions, England must win and hope that Ireland beat Wales earlier in the day.

Whatever happens, England will have had a far better Championship after losing their last three Six Nations matches to finish fifth last season. Whether or not Wales have already secured the Grand Slam, there is a trophy and all-important cross-border bragging rights to play for.

"That's what's pleased me the most, the clarity with which we can play the game and the way we are becoming adaptable".

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