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Thu 6 Feb 2020 | 12:59

Jones makes drastic changes to England team

Jones makes drastic changes to England team
Thu 6 Feb 2020 | 12:59
Jones makes drastic changes to England team

TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: England coach Eddie Jones has made a number of significant changes to his team to play Scotland in the second round of the Six Nations.

Jonathan Joseph starts at outside centre ahead of Manu Tuilagi and Willi Heinz is at scrumhalf in place of Ben Youngs.

There are also a couple of changes to the pack.

Lewis Ludlam starts in place of Courtney Lawes at blindside flank and George Kruis replaces Charlie Ewels at lock.

The changes follow last week’s 17-24 loss to France in Paris.

Eddie Jones

“Preparation this week has been great,” Jones said.

“We have sought to address the issues from the France game and have had a really good and sharp preparation for Scotland.

“Scotland are a dangerous side.

“They like to play with a lot of width and with a lot of flow and tempo in their game. We want to make sure we dominate the gain line.

“Their win record against England at Murrayfield is substantially higher than their overall record against us, so we have to recognise they are a dangerous beast and we have to be at our best to beat them.”

Tom Dunn was recalled back into the squad, after Luke Cowan-Dickie left camp on Thursday to be with his partner – who has gone into labour.

England: 15 George Furbank, 14 Jonny May, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell (captain), 11 Elliot Daly, 10 George Ford, 9 Willi Heinz, 8 Tom Curry, 7 Sam Underhill, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 5 George Kruis, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Jamie George, 1 Mako Vunipola.
Replacements: 16 Tom Dunn, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Joe Launchbury, 20 Courtney Lawes, 21 Ben Earl, 22 Ben Youngs, 23 Ollie Devoto.

Date: Saturday, February 8
Venue: Murrayfield, Edinburgh
Kick-off: 16.45 (16.45 GMT)
Referee: Pascal Gaüzère (France)
Assistant referees: Mathieu Raynal (France), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: James Leckie (Australia)

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