Monday, 25 March 2019
Latest news
Main » Jack Nowell returns to England line-up for Scotland clash

Jack Nowell returns to England line-up for Scotland clash

16 March 2019

"We've got a good plan in place for him". 'He'll be ready by the World Cup.' That rather suggests Cokanasiga has already gone a long way to convincing the management that he has what it takes to be a star of the present as well as the future.

Taking his place in the number 14 jersey is Jack Nowell, who has recovered from a shoulder stinger injury, with Ben Te'o picked as replacement threequarter cover.

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

"He'll still learning from being around the squad and will feature heavily in our warm-up games for the World Cup".

Henry Slade is back in at outside centre with Manu Tuilagi shifted back to inside centre and Ben Te'o on the bench.

Tuilagi gave rugby on these shores a big boost on Wednesday by agreeing a new two-year contract with Leicester, in the process rejecting a substantial offer from Racing 92 that would have made him unavailable for England.

"I can only talk for England really and it means a huge amount to us", Lions and Saracens hooker George said.

'The improvements will come in his speed, power, timing, his running lines.

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

England can still win the championship by beating Scotland, providing Wales loses to Ireland on Saturday.

Despite scoring a double against Italy, Brad Shields has been assigned the role of a finisher with Mark Wilson starting at blindside flanker while Ben Moon replaces Ellis Genge at loosehead prop with the latter joining the reserves.

"Whenever you play Scotland, [the niggle] is as much bred in us as it is bred in them", he said.

Ben Youngs will be making his 85th England appearance to surpass the national record for a scrum-half held by Danny Care. 'When they're blown up to be something they're not, it's hard for them, so that's part of it. Joe's a very good kid, but the media can turn anyone's head.' So, how had Cokanasiga taken the news of his demotion? "They are very well coached, great credit to them for what they have done - but they are starting to look a bit exhausted". "I am sure he will do the shirt great justice out there on Saturday", said Youngs.

England coach Eddie Jones cast a watchful eye over a training session on Wednesday as his forwards were put through their paces ahead of the weekend's Six Nations finale.

"Well that's not for me to decide".

Jones was then verbally abused and intimidated by Scotland supporters at a train station in Manchester on his way back from the game in Edinburgh.

"We've had a great week this week and we are absolutely excited by the prospect of finishing well".

Opposition MPs push for Wilson-Raybould to testify again
One opposition source said they are considering putting Ms Wilson-Raybould before the ethics committee instead. Thus far no Liberals have said publicly whether they will agree to call her a second time.

Jack Nowell returns to England line-up for Scotland clash