Joe Cokanasiga dropped for Calcutta Cup clash

Carrie Guzman
March 16, 2019

England team to face Scotland: Elliot Daly, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs; Ben Moon, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola.

Cokanasiga was a standout performer on his full tournament debut as England overpowered Italy, but the Bath wing does not even make the bench on this occasion as Jack Nowell returns.

"My clear goal is to be in this side for the World Cup in 2019 and we have unbelievable potential here". Scotland is a hard side, they are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow. I want him to play 100 Tests for England - I don't want him to just play 10 Tests.

"It's a great lesson for us, I'd rather have these problems now then at the World Cup". 'He'll be ready by the World Cup.' That rather suggests Cokanasiga has already gone a long way to convincing the management that he has what it takes to be a star of the present as well as the future.

"Sometimes you push young guys forward and sometimes you've got to pull them back".

Jones, in mischievous mood before Saturday's Six Nations finale, where his side will win the title if they beat Scotland and Ireland win in Wales, declared his squad know what is coming and they can trump it. There's only one track - the right track. "'You've got to keep players" feet on the ground, ' he said. 'As soon as you tell them they're not in the team, you get this blank look.

"I said "you're telling us to kick and when we kick it they're just running it back and cut us open and when we run it they're just hitting us behind the gain line and winning the ball back".

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"I'm sure Joe won't be sad".

Jones has reverted to his first-choice midfield with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres outside Farrell, resulting in Ben Te'o's demotion to the bench as threequarter cover.

At the other end of the scale, Ben Youngs will win his 85th cap, taking him ahead of Danny Care as England's most-capped scrumhalf.

Eddie Jones has lit the fuse for an explosive Calcutta Cup showdown by poking fun at Scotland's bad record at Twickenham.

"Well that's not for me to decide. There's no physical difference out there at all", Jones said of his side's final competitive game before the World Cup begins in Japan in September.

'If we can create momentum around the ruck, I'd hate to be one of those Scottish backs, ' added Jones.

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