World News – AU-England teams take on Italy: Our writers select their XVs for Six Nations clash in Rome – and you can choose yours


How many debuts will Eddie Jones give? Should Willis and Lawrence start? Find out who our experts have chosen and try it out for yourself

England coach Eddie Jones delivered one of his classic curved balls on Monday when he included Jacob Umaga in his final squad instead of Joe Simmonds, then suggested that Northampton half-butterfly George Furbank , could be the next No.10 on the team

Indeed, with George Ford set to miss Saturday’s game in Rome with injury and Umaga a test rookie, Furbank could very well find himself on the bench offering cover to the rear and half butterfly

« I think he can be a really good 10, maybe that will be a position we highly consider him for going forward, » Jones said

With Umaga there are a lot of fresh looking faces in the England squad, so we asked our team of writers to choose who they would like to see start against Italy in Rome on Saturday with the title of the Six Nations at stake

It’s safe to say that no one chose Furbank in a halfpipe, but there are some very interesting selections nonetheless

The injuries of Elliot Daly, Manu Tuilagi and George Ford will force Eddie Jones to line up a new look and Worcester center, Ollie Lawrence and Max Malins, on loan to Bristol by the Saracens, could be the main beneficiaries Jones has suggested that increasing the speed of the defensive line made the need for a 12-distributor redundant and opened up Lawrence’s likely fort by starting alongside Henry Slade in midfield Malins, meanwhile, has been a standout player for Bristol at the back A fit Vunipola will return to the back row with Willis to make an impact on the bench after his last Premiership appearance

Injuries may have hit England (Manu Tuilagi, George Ford, Jack Nowell and others) but they can and should still field a very strong starting XV against Italy The championship is on the line and a sense of familiarity with the battles fought long ago is the surest way to help score enough points by registering what everyone expects to be a victory over Italy. in trouble A first cap for Worcester center Ollie Lawrence will empower the midfield while Kamikaze kids Tom Curry and Sam Underhill are the men in flank position However, man of the moment Jack Willis is sure to see the action from the bench

Ollie Lawrence is the perfect man to fill the void left by Manu Tuilagi’s absence in midfield Lawrence is not Manu II, but has the power and footwork to consistently break the line. gain and become the focal point of England’s attack This should complement Owen Farrell and Henry Slade’s playing abilities to potentially unleash the three fastest full-backs in England history in the form of Anthony Watson, Ollie Thorley and Jonny May Up front I would like to see Ellis Genge play from the start while Jonny Hill deserves to team up with Maro Itoje based on his exceptional form for Exeter With so many changes elsewhere, further experimentation seems unnecessary so that Jack Willis, Dan Robson and Max Malins can be freed from the bench

Without the experience of Elliot Daly and George Ford, I feel like Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph both have to start, Joe Cokanasiga providing some punch Joe Marchant and Ollie Lawrence have to feature later at the fall, however Eddie Jones can bolster the bench with six forwards, of which Ben Earl and debutant Jack Willis Dan Robson would also be among my substitutes.The 23 jersey is perhaps the toughest call of all and should be between Max Malins and Jacob Umaga due to their ability to cover the half fly

With George Furbank’s form questionable, I would move Anthony Watson to the back and give Ollie Thorley a long-awaited tryout start after his 11 Gallagher Premiership tries this season He’s a class player who continues to Improve As for the midfield, shifting Henry Slade to 12 and the shootout at 13 between Jonathan Joseph, Joe Marchant and Ollie Lawrence, I would lean towards Marchant after the advances he made this year in Super Rugby The pack is a familiar look, but in scrum half I would go with Dan Robson’s warm hand, given that England need to rack up points and he will attack from everywhere

Up front the only selection dilemma is free Mako Vunipola ahead of Ellis Genge, although he’s not quite at his best Jack Willis has to play and I’d love to see how he performs alongside Tom Curry They will do the heavy lifting, allowing Billy Vunipola to focus on transport Inside center is the trickiest position to choose I chose to move Henry Slade to 12, allowing England to continue with two playmakers Joe Marchant has always been superb and deserves a start To compensate for the lack of ballast in the midfield, Joe Cokanasiga is on the wing I’m absolutely not convinced by George Furbank, which makes Anthony Watson’s selection single back

Three beginners with Max Malins, Ollie Lawrence and Jack Willis; six in total Malins brings a half butterfly to role 15, just like Alex Goode does for the Saracens and Beauden Barrett for the All Blacks Lawrence is a younger and hungrier Manu Tuilagi and England need more options at 12 years old Joe Cokanasiga can come off the bench if England need more impact, as can Jacob Umaga who can cover half the fly and center Dan Robson starts ahead of Ben Youngs at 9 in fit At the forward, Sam Underhill falls to the bench to make way for Willis, with Joe Launchbury starting at the lock and Jonny Hill in reserve

Italy in Rome is always a tougher proposition than Italy on the road and, with a Six Nations title potentially on the line, now is not the time for experimentation or dilly-dally – a win with at least four tries is the minimum requirement But the gaps left by seasoned regulars have yet to be filled.Jonny Hill’s work in the dark can fill the void left by George Kruis and Courtney Lawes, while Ollie Lawrence’s rare blend of sleek feet, brute strength and of footballing wisdom deserves international attention Jack Willis’ time will come His versatility makes him the perfect replacement, so he can work his way into international rugby being torn apart against tired legs when (hopefully) the game is won

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Eddie Jones, England national rugby union team, Jacob Umaga, Six Nations Championship, Wasps RFC, England

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