World News – UK – England’s Hill to debut against Italy


Exeter double lock winner Jonny Hill will make his England debut in Saturday’s Six Nations game against Italy in Rome

Hill starred as the Chiefs in a national and European double this month and joins Maro Itoje in second place

Scrum-half Ben Youngs wins his 100th cap, becoming the second Englishman to do so after Jason Leonard

England could seal Six Nations title with victory if France-Ireland result materializes

Hooker Tom Dunn and full-backs Ollie Lawrence and Ollie Thorley are ready for their debut from the bench

In addition to Youngs, starting hooker Jamie George takes milestone at Stadio Olimpico by winning his 50th cap

With half butterfly George Ford and center Manu Tuilagi unavailable, captain Owen Farrell will leave at age 10 and be joined by Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph in midfield

Even with a bonus points victory, England would not be confirmed as Six Nations champions until France played against Ireland

Furbank; Watson, Joseph, Slade, May; Farrell, Youngs; M Vunipola, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Hill, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola

The presence of four uncapped players on Matchday 23 comes as head coach Eddie Jones battles a growing list of injured players

Wasps scrum-half Dan Robson set to win his third selection on the bench after Willi Heinz was sent off Wednesday with a leg injury

Wasps half-butterfly Jacob Umaga was overlooked, leaving no obvious 10s on the bench, but Jones suggested earlier in the week that he tried Furbank in this position

Forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has said that Wasps-form flanker Jack Willis was « ready for the rugby test » but the 23-year-old was not on the squad, with Bristol’s Ben Earl on the bench instead

England will play their first game since lockdown after a seven-month Six Nations hiatus caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the cancellation of the barbarian test scheduled for last week

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World news – UK – England’s Hill will make its debut against Italy


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