No starting spot for Tuilagi

Thu, 13 Mar 2014 11:35
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England will field an unchanged starting line-up in Saturday's crucial Six Nations match against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

England will field an unchanged starting line-up in Saturday's crucial Six Nations match against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

The XV who beat Wales at Twickenham are retained, while there is just one change on the bench - where Manusamoa Tuilagi replaces Alex Goode.

England coach Stuart Lancaster said it is "great" to be able to name an unchanged XV.

"We have been able to achieve consistency of selection from a very competitive squad this campaign," Lancaster said.

"The Wales result was very significant for us, but we need to finish the tournament well in Rome.

"We have had a tight turnaround and the key this week has been to manage the players' recovery and get them in the best shape for what will be a tough match against Italy."

Matt Mullan (London Wasps) and Kyle Eastmond (Bath Rugby) will travel with the squad as 24th and 25th men.

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (captain), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Replacements: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Manusamoa Tuilagi.

Date: Saturday, March 15
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 13.30 (12.30 UK time; 12.30 GMT)
Referee: Pascal Gauzère (France)
Assistant referees: Nigel Owens (Wales), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)

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