England Skipper on the bench as England rotate squad.

England Skipper on the bench as England rotate squad

Following last weeks excellent win over Australia, England head coach Eddie Jones has again rung the changes as he named his side to take on Samoa in the final match of the autumn internationals.

As expected Exeter player Sam Simmonds will make his starting debut at number 8 making up a backrow with Maro Itoje who gets his first start and Chris Robshaw. 2nd rower Charlie Ewels has also earned a recall to the starting pack after impressing on this summer’s tests against the Pumas and will partner the experienced Joe Launchbury. In the front row Lions prop forward Maro Vunipola takes a well-earned rest and is replaced by Ellis Genge long side Dan Cole as the other starting prop.

At Hooker Jones as decided to rest England Captain Dylan Hartley who will start on the bench and be replaced in the run on side for the first time by Jamie George.

In the halves we see Danny Care also earn a recall to the starting 15 after last week’s excellent cameo performance from the bench and will be joined by George Ford at fly half.

In midfield Owen Farrell and Jonathan Joseph take another breather to be replaced by Alex Lozowski and Henry Slade, with Elliot Daley and Jonny May retaining their places on the wings.
The final change to the starting 15 see’s the return of Mike Brown at fullback.
Joining Hartley on the bench is youngsters Nick Isiekwe and Priers Francis who would both make their debuts if they enter the game!

Line ups
England: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford (C), Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw (C), Simmonds
Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.
Samoa: Tuala; Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Lay, Matu'u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui (C); Faasalele, Ioane, Lam
Replacements: Leiataua, Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi

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