Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Cokanasiga named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round

Cokanasiga named Guinness Six Nations Player of the Round

Eddie Jones hints that Joe Cokanasiga will be part of England's World Cup squad despite dropping the rookie wing for the climax to the Guinness Six Nations against Scotland.

Henry Slade is back in at outside centre with Manu Tuilagi shifted back to inside centre and Ben Te'o on the bench.

In total there are four changes in personnel to the XV that battered Italy 57-14 at Twickenham with Ben Moon restored at loosehead prop ahead of Ellis Genge and Mark Wilson displacing Brad Shields at blindside flanker.

England will be crowned Six Nations champions should they defeat Scotland by a bonus point and Wales lose to Ireland in Cardiff.

Jones is keen to use the experience of Nowell and Ben Te'o against Scotland, with England still in with a chance of snatching the title out of Wales' hands. "I think we are clearly getting really good clarity about the way we want to play and the way we can be the best in the world". "We don't need to rush him, we'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him".

"If we impose our game on Scotland it'll be pretty tough for them", said Jones, whose team finished fifth last season after losing their last three games and then lost two in a row against South Africa.

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"With young players, particularly in this environment, you've got to look after them", England's head coach said. "As soon as you tell them they're not in the team, you get this blank look".

"The thing I enjoy most about playing with him is how much he loves it, how much he loves being around this place and being out there on the field", added Farrell.

"But if we impose our game on Scotland, it'll be pretty tough for them".

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

Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and, after winning their opening game of this year's Six Nations against Italy, they lost their next three amid a lengthy injury list.

England starting line-up: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell (c), 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Ben Moon, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 George Kruis, 6 Mark Wilson, 7 Tom Curry, 8 Billy Vunipola. "I don't know", Jones said.

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