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SIX NATIONS: England face Italy in week two

After a disappointing defeat in the opener against Scotland, England face Italy in their second Six Nations game of 2021.

England suffered their first defeat at Twickenham at the hands of Scotland since 1983.

Eddie Jones said he took responsibility for the defeat which got their campaign off to a dismal start.

Jones plans to welcome George Ford,  Kyle Sinckler, Courtney Lawes and Mako Vunipola back into the starting line up to face Italy.

"We're pleased to have Mako and Kyle back into the team and we've made some changes to our starting 15, but our finishers are just as important to our game plan," Jones said.

"We've trained very well this week, I've been very pleased with the players' attitudes and work-rate.

"We're hoping to put on a good performance on Saturday and kick on with our Six Nations campaign."

The Italians are attempting to build a young side and as such are quite inexperienced.

France thumped them 50-10 in the opening game of the 2021 Six Nations.

It has forced Italian coach Franco Smith to add more experience as centre Carlo Canna and prop Andrea Lovotti are called up for this game.

However, Smith realises the challenge in front of his team this weekend is a big one.

"We will face one of the best teams in the world in an iconic stadium," he said pre-game.

"We've been working hard this week with the aim of having a high-performance level on Saturday."

England face Italy on Saturday at 14:15GMT (2.15pm)

 


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