Six Nations 2019: Scotland make six changes for England game

Ruben Hill
March 14, 2019

Cokanasiga was named man of the match after Italy were swept aside in the penultimate round of the championship and was compared to Jonah Lomu by Clive Woodward, but the Fijian-born wing can not even win a place on the bench for the Calcutta Cup showdown.

Ben Youngs will become England's most-capped halfback after being selected to start the Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones has reverted to his first choice midfield for the 2019 Six Nations with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres outside Owen Farrell.

Joe Cokanasiga's impressive display against Italy wasn't enough to retain his place for England.

Up front, Exeter prop Ben Moon is restored as the starting loosehead, instead of Leicester rookie Ellis Genge, while Mark Wilson of Newcastle is recalled at blindside flanker.

England are looking to pip Wales to victory in this year's Championship, but know they must rely on Warren Gatland's side slipping up against Ireland in Cardiff if they are to stand any chance of lifting the trophy.

"His match fitness has grown over the last two games and he did a number of good things last weekend".

Two changes in the back-line have been enforced with Sean Maitland returning at full-back and Byron McGuigan resuming on the wing having finished the last match there, in place of injured Blair Kinghorn (ankle) and Tommy Seymour (ribs) respectively. Magnus Bradbury shifts to No 8, which means Josh Strauss is on the bench, and Jamie Ritchie, who has not recovered from a head/neck injury sustained against Wales.

Lock Ben Toolis, who also last featured against Italy, displaced Jonny Gray. The players showed in the second-half what the team is capable of against one of the best sides in the world. "The next step is making that pressure count on the scoreboard, more regularly".

"Winning away from home tends to be achieved through an outstanding defensive performance, and we are determined to deliver that this Saturday. At times against Wales we weren't aggressive or accurate enough so that has been a focus for us this week in training".

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