Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

England train as Eddie Jones prepares to name team to face Scotland

England train as Eddie Jones prepares to name team to face Scotland

Taking the Fijian-born giant's place on the right wing is Jack Nowell, who has recovered from a shoulder stinger injury, while Ben Te'o is present as replacement three-quarter cover.

In the forwards, prop Ben Moon and flanker Mark Wilson replaced Ellis Genge and Brad Shields, respectively. Jones considers this to be a particularly pronounced issue in England following a performance by Cokanasiga against Italy which drew comparisons with the great Jonah Lomu.

"We have had a good preparation and the side is going to be in a great state to play against Scotland on Saturday".

"He's a young player and we don't need to rush him, we need to bring him through carefully, he's got a long career ahead of him".

"He's going to feature very strongly in our plans for the future but we just feel this week that Jack Nowell is our best player in that position, and we feel Ben Te'o can do some good work for us off the bench, so Joe becomes our 24th man".

"It is the last week of the tournament so it's exciting".

"Sometimes you let them go and sometimes you pull them back a bit".


"It's a great achievement but I know for him the most important thing is to win on Saturday", said Jones, who famously threw a bag of candies at Youngs when he first took over, saying he was too heavy.

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. "I read up on the history of the Calcutta Cup and it's quite interesting", said assistant coach Wisemantel, referencing the 1995 film in which Mel Gibson plays 13th-century Scottish warrior William Wallace. England's players say they will not be watching Wales-Ireland on TV. "If Wales win, so be it. We are ready to play well ourselves".

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

They did beat England in Edinburgh previous year when they outmuscled Jones's team at the ruck and the Australian said he expected a different scenario on Saturday after overseeing a massive improvement in that area, and in their discipline.

"It will be a fascinating finish to the Championship with three teams that can win it and we are playing against one of our most traditional foes in Scotland for the Calcutta Cup".

"The massive improvement for us is in our mindset", he said.

"We've got a plan in place for him, a good plan in place for him, he'll be ready by the World Cup".

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