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Farrell-Ford partnership back for England v Italy Six Nations clash

  • Ford back at fly-half among five changes after Scotland debacle
  • New front-row with recalls for Mako Vunipola and Sinckler

Eddie Jones has recalled George Ford at fly-half in one of five changes to his side as England seek to get their Six Nations campaign back on track against Italy on Saturday. Ford’s return means a move back to inside centre for the captain Owen Farrell while Jones has named a completely new front-row with recalls for Mako Vunipola and Kyle Sinckler and a first Six Nations start for Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Ford was left on the bench for last weekend’s defeat by Scotland – the first time he had been dropped since the 2019 World Cup quarter-final – but given England’s meek performance in last Saturday’s Calcutta Cup defeat, he comes straight back into the side with Ollie Lawrence making way. Lawrence drops out of the 23 and can consider himself unfortunate given the few opportunities he had last weekend to showcase his talents.

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