Wilson named on England bench against Italy

Thursday 7 March 2019

Newcastle Falcons' Mark Wilson has been named on England's bench for Saturday's Guinness Six Nations game against Italy.

The Twickenham Stadium game is a 4.45pm kick-off and will be shown live in the UK on ITV.

Head coach Eddie Jones said: “We have had a good preparation ahead of Italy with a great week in Oxford where we competed against Georgia for two days. Players have had a good break and have come back into camp reenergised and refocused for what is an important game for us.

“Italy is a bit of an unknown quantity but when Conor [O'Shea] allows them to play rugby they play well. They have played terrific games in the Six Nations. They are fitter, physically stay in the contest a lot longer and they are quite unpredictable in the way they attack.

“We expect Italy to throw the ball around a bit so we are going to have to defend very well against their unpredictability and when we have got the ball, we have to use it wisely.”

On returning to Twickenham, Jones said: “We are looking forward to getting back to Twickenham. We haven’t played there since the France game so it will be nice to play in front of our home crowd.”

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)

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