Six Nations: Cokanasiga, Te'o in England team vs

  • Six Nations: Cokanasiga, Te'o in England team vs

Six Nations: Cokanasiga, Te'o in England team vs

"If World Rugby does a new competition with relegation, then Italy and everyone are going to respect it".

The midfield pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade that worked so successfully as England stunned defending champion Ireland and France in the opening rounds has been broken up.

Te'o and Tuilagi could be a useful combination when England meet a physical Tonga team in Japan this September, for instance. "That gives us another option".

"We've been really happy with Henry Slade, but this just gives us another way of playing so we're looking forward to it", Jones added.

Cokanasiga made his Six Nations debut when he came off the bench against Wales.

Such has been the unpredictable nature of Jones' decision-making since he took charge in 2015, it remains unclear if the lineup was one he has been waiting to unleash, or whether it was triggered by England's listless second-half showing in Cardiff two weeks ago.

FILE - In this Saturday, Feb. 23, 2019 file photo, Wales Cory Hill scores a try in the tackle of England's Billy Vunipola and Manu Tuilagi, centre, during the Six Nations rugby union worldwide between Wales and England at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, Wales.

Te'o, at inside centre, and Tuilagi, moved to the outside, will start a Test together for the first time. 'We saw them at the end of the game against Australia, ' said Jones. "It's the one that he's probably dreaming of".

However, the drafting of power into the backline isn't created to change that.

"The game starts with the forwards so we know we've got a big job to do in the pack".

We're able now to pick a big backline which can play a little bit differently.

"We know a lot of rubbish that can be trotted out, but we know where we're progressing and how we're getting better".

"We have had a good preparation ahead of Italy with a great week in Oxford where we competed against Georgia for two days. Italy have played very, very well over the last couple of matches".

"England will win - and in any style of their coach's desire - but perhaps it will seem a little odd if it is Conor O'Shea's Italy that (again) show more invention and imagination than England at the home of the game".

Jones has promised his side will be ready for anything.

England - 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Joe Cokanasiga, 13 Manu Tuilagi, 12 Ben Te'o, 11 Johnny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Brad Shields, 5 George Kruis, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Ellis Genge.

Tight-head prop Dan Cole and number eight Nathan Hughes are named among the replacements at Twickenham. Hooker Luca Bigi comes into the starting XV too, with Leonardo Ghiraldini dropping to the bench after captaining Italy against the Irish.

England have never lost to Italy in 24 matches and victory on Saturday would keep alive their Six Nations title hopes heading into the final round of matches.