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England v Samoa - Twickenham 25 Nov 2017

By K
November 23 2017

England take on Samoa in the final match of this year's Autumn Internationals.  We should win don't you think?




Old Mutual Wealth Autumn International

England v Samoa 

Saturday 25th November 2017  -  Twickenham - Kick Off 3pm GMT


England take on Samoa at Twickenham in their final Autumn Test. Eddie Jones has made nine changes to the starting line-up.


Captain Dylan Hartley has gone to the bench for this week's match, Charlie Ewels will start alongside last weekend’s man-of-the-match Joe Launchbury in the second row.     we have two co-Captains Chris Robshaw and fly-half George Ford.   

Jamie George get his first start, Sam Simmonds also makes a starting debut for his country.   

Alex Lozowski and Henry Slade as the centre combination with Mike Brown returning to the starting 15 after missing the Australia Test due to injury. Danny Care will start his first Test of the series with Ben Youngs  named as a replacement.





 England head coach Jones said: “This is an exciting squad to play against Samoa and we are expecting them to be immensely physical and committed this weekend.

“We want to follow up last week’s performance against Australia and play better again this week. Our intent in every game and every training session is to be better.

“This week it is an opportunity for some squad members who haven’t been playing to put their best foot forward. We will have to play smart and will need to find ways to win the contest against Samoa.

“The crowd last week were outstanding and we want to put on a good performance again for them this weekend.”




England: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford (C), Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw (C), Simmonds

Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.

Samoa: Tuala; Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Lay, Matu'u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui (C); Faasalele, Ioane, Lam

ReplacementsLeiataua, Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi

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England v Samoa - Twickenham 25 Nov 2017
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23/11/2017 15:17
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Re: England v Samoa - Twickenham 25 Nov 2017
Tigersfan1 (IP Logged)
23/11/2017 16:55
So Eddie is using this, sensibly I think, for rest and rotation/experimentation. I've never been a fan of co-captains, or whatever they are, but hey ho. That's a back line picked for its attacking skills if ever I've seen one - should be exciting! Samoa have their problems off the pitch and at the moment probably aren't the team they have been in the past but they will turn up and provide a strong test.

I expect a home win, by 20. Hopefully another step forward towards developing the deeper and more rounded squad, attitude and style of play Eddie is looking for ahead of 2019.

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