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Head coach Eddie Jones has named his England team for this weekend’s Six Nations clash with Conor O’Shea’s Italy at Twickenham.
There are five changes to the starting XV that played Wales a fortnight ago. Joe Cokanasiga starts on the right wing for his third cap while Ben Te’o comes in at inside centre with Manu Tuilagi moving to outside centre.
Ellis Genge starts at loose head prop with Ben Moon shifting to the bench. Joe Launchbury is named in the second row following the injury of Courtney Lawes in Cardiff. Brad Shields will start at blindside flanker with Mark Wilson named on the bench.
England starting XV (472 caps)
15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 28 caps), 14 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 3 caps), 13 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 30 caps), 12 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 16 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 43 caps), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 68 caps) (captain), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 83 caps), 1 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 7 caps) , 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 35 caps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 20 caps), 4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 56 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 30 caps), 6 Brad Shields (Wasps, 6 caps), 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 8 caps), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 39 caps)
Replacements (203 caps)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps), 17 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 6 caps), 18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 83 caps), 19 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 20 caps), 20 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 11 caps), 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, 1 cap), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps), 23 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 20 caps)