England's injury problems clear up for Six Nations opener

Jacob Stockdale

Stockdale is good to go. Source Bryan Keane INPHO

Holders England have gotten their 2018 Six Nations campaign off to the ideal start this afternoon, with a 46-15 try-bonus win over Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.

England hit back five minutes later when Farrell played a one-two with No10 Ford and converted his own score to spark the Stadio Olimpico's first rendition of the afternoon of Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.

Red Rose head coach Eddie Jones has picked Ben Te'o at No.13 instead on Jonathan Joseph for the match. Italy had a record of 23 straight defeats against England going into the game. He will tell players to work on two or three aspects and is very to the point. "A lot of the boys here were saying as well how quick he is, but he's got a big backside so that's where the power comes from". "It was a good tough game of rugby and we ran away with it in the end".

"But with Eddie and that bullish approach, he has give us that ruthless streak which he has instilled in us".

More recently, the Azzurri, under the guidance of their Irish coach Conor O'Shea, embarrassed England with their no-ruck ploy at Twickenham past year before losing 36-15.

Dylan Hartley remains as England captain, with the hooker winning his 90th cap.

Simmonds, deputising at the back of the scrum in place of the the injured Nathan Hughes and Billy Vunipola, earned praise for his performance from the latter's Saracens teammate Owen Farrell.

Chris Robshaw during an England pre-Six Nations training session at Pennyhill Park.

"We know we're off in certain areas, we know the progress we have to make".

Whipping boys Italy have never beaten reigning champions England - and that won't change for some time.

"I have selected the strongest available side to play Italy this weekend and the players are excited to play in Rome", Jones said.

By selecting a team featuring seven Six Nations debutants, Italy coach O'Shea has a group ofr players who have not been worn down by repeated failure.

Italy full-back Matteo Minozzi and back row pair Sebastian Negri and Renato Giammarioli will all make their Six Nations debuts on Sunday.

England wing Anthony Watson score two unconverted tries inside the opening 11 minutes.

We hope the injury isn't too serious and we get to see Youngs play a further part in this Championship.

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