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England hand Willis and Lawrence their first starts against Georgia

England hand Jack Willis and Ollie Lawrence their first starts in opening Autumn Nations Cup fixture against Georgia on Saturday

  • England head coach Eddie Jones has named a re-jigged starting XV vs Georgia
  • Jack Willis will make his debut at openside flanker on Saturday at Twickenham
  • Ollie Lawrence will start in the No 13 jersey after his cameo role against Italy
  • England are playing their first match since triumphing in the Six Nations 

Hotshots Jack Willis and Ollie Lawrence will make their first England starts against Georgia on Saturday.

Eddie Jones has named the youngsters in a re-jigged starting XV for the opening weekend of the Autumn Nations Cup.

Willis will make his debut at openside flanker, while Lawrence starts in the No 13 jersey after playing a cameo role against Italy.

Jack Willis will start for England against Georgia at Twickenham on Saturday afternoon

England head coach Eddie Jones has also handed Ollie Lawrence his first start for his country

The duo will be surrounded by experience at Twickenham, where Owen Farrell will continue to lead the team from No 10 in the absence of George Ford.

‘We’ve had a really good week of training,’ said Jones. ‘We know there are a lot of expectations on us and we’ve applied ourselves hard and put a lot of pressure on ourselves in the early part of this week.

‘Georgia will be a tough opponent, so we have a team with some real power in midfield. We have a good mix of youth and experience across the squad and they are completely focused on putting in an excellent performance on Saturday.

‘We’re looking forward to being back at our home at Twickenham, we are humbled by the opportunity and want to give people a reason to smile during such a tough time for the country.’

Despite rotating his line-up, Jones’ pack is loaded with experience.

Eddie Jones’ England side are playing their first match since triumphing in the Six Nations

Saracens trio Jamie George, Maro Itoje and Billy Vunipola all retain their place in the pack. Itoje, however, has been shifted to blindside flanker, with Sam Underhill rested and Tom Curry named on the bench.

Charlie Ewels and Joe Launchbury start at second-row, behind new starting props Ellis Genge and Will Stuart.

Despite speculating around the idea of introducing hybrid players, Jones’ selection has remained conventional.

Jonny May and Jonathan Joseph start on the wings, with Elliot Daly returning from injury at full-back.

Ben Youngs will earn his 101st cap at scrum-half ahead of Dan Robson – and Henry Slade will partner Lawrence in midfield.

Versatile back Max Malins could also make his debut, having been named on the bench.

ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE GEORGIA

ENGLAND XV STARTERS

15. Elliot Daly (Saracens, 43 caps)

14. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 51 caps)

13. Ollie Lawrence (Worcester Warriors, 1 cap)

12. Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 30 caps)

11. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 57 caps)

10. Owen Farrell (c) (Saracens, 83 caps)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 100 caps)

1. Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 19 caps)

2. Jamie George (Saracens, 50 caps)

3. Will Stuart (Bath Rugby, 4 caps)

4. Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby, 16 caps)

5. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 65 caps)

6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 39 caps)

7. Jack Willis (Wasps, uncapped)

8. Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 52 caps)

FINISHERS

16. Tom Dunn, (Bath Rugby, 1 cap)

17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 60 caps)

18. Kyle Sinckler (Bristol Bears, 36 caps)

19. Ben Earl (Bristol Bears, 4 caps)

20. Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 24 caps)

21. Dan Robson (Wasps, 3 caps)

22. Max Malins (Bristol Bears, uncapped)

23. Joe Marchant (Harlequins, 3 caps)

 





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