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England team to face Italy RBS 6Nations 2017


By England Fan
February 24 2017

England definitely mean business on Sunday as they have put out a very strong team to face Italy.


 

 

RBS Six Nations 

England v Italy

Twickenham Stadium - Sunday 26th February

 kick off 3pm -  live on ITV

England definitely mean business on Sunday as they have put out a very strong team to face Italy.

England have given Italy the respect they deserve with their team selection.  Of course they are out to win and win well with many points, especially after the cricket score that Ireland put past Italy the last time out.

England's Ben T'eo (left) and Jonny May during the training session at Pennyhill Park, All Pictures PA/Images

England have made  four changes. In the back line Ben Te’o  gets his first start in an England shirt at outside-centre. Danny Care is named at scrum-half and Jonny May  returns to the right wing. In the scrum James Haskell is named at flanker.  On the bench Mako Vunipola has been included among the replacements after recovering from a knee injury, while Henry Slade is also included in the squad, with Anthony Watson missing out, despite his recovery from a hamstring injury.

England's Maro Itoje during the training session at Twickenham Stadium

Italy can be very slippery, you just need to reflect on the game they had against Wales  in Rome.  Wales really struggled during the first half of that match and it was not until the second half that Wales really got the better of them.  So, I think the first half might be a bit tight and maybe a bit nervy but I would expect England to win this match.  I am sure England will be looking to put at least the same amount of points passed Italy as Ireland did as the 6N championship could come down to points.

As for Italy, Conor O'Shea has made four changes to his side that lost to Ireland in Rome. With Tommaso Allan and Michele Campagnaro included to face England in Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash.

 

England: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby), Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Elliot Daly (Wasps); George Ford (Bath Rugby), Danny Care (Harlequins), Joe Marler (Harlequins),  Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints),  Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers),  Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), James Haskell (Wasps), Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Replacements: Jamie George (Saracens), Mako Vunipola (Saracens),Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins),  Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs), Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs);

 

Italy:15 Edoardo Padovani (Zebre), 14 Giulio Bisegni (Zebre) 13 Michele Campagnaro (Exeter Chiefs) 12 Luke McLean (Benetton Treviso) 11 Giovanbattista Venditti (Zebre) 10 Tommaso Allan (Benetton,Treviso),9 Edoardo Gori (Benetton Treviso), 1 Andrea Lovotti (Zebre) 2 Leonardo Ghiraldini (Stade Toulousain) 3 Lorenzo Cittadini (Bayonne) 4 Marco Fuser (Benetton Treviso) 5 Dries Van Schalkwyk (Zebre), 6 Braam Steyn (Benetton Treviso) 7 Simone Favaro (Glasgow Warriors) 8 Sergio Parisse (Stade Français)

Replacements: 
16 Ornel Gega (Benetton Treviso), 17 Michele Rizzo (Leicester Tigers), 18 Pietro Ceccarelli (Zebre),19 George Biagi (Zebre),20 Maxime Mbandà (Zebre),21 Giorgio Bronzini (Benetton Treviso),        22 Carlo Canna (Zebre),23 Tommaso Benvenuti (Benetton Treviso)

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