Six Nations: England axe Cokanasiga for Scotland clash

Go with the Joe Cokanasiga impressed against Italy

Go with the Joe Cokanasiga impressed against Italy

Cokanasiga was a standout performer on his full tournament debut as England overpowered Italy, but the Bath wing does not even make the bench on this occasion as Jack Nowell returns.

England coach Eddie Jones says he will protect Joe Cokanasiga from media hyperbole after leaving the wing out of the squad to face Scotland. 'We've got a good plan in place for him, ' said the head coach. He'll be ready by the World Cup.

"He's a young player and we don't need to rush him, we need to bring him through carefully, he's got a long career ahead of him". I've got some reasonable experience doing this.

"We just feel it's right for him not be involved in matchday squad but he'll still learn from being around the squad".

"He'll still learning from being around the squad and will feature heavily in our warm-up games for the World Cup".

Ben Te'o drops out to the bench with Manu Tuilagi moving from outside to inside centre allowing a comeback for Henry Slade.

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"I can only talk for England really and it means a huge amount to us", Lions and Saracens hooker George said. The improvements will come in his speed, power, timing, his running lines. He will be a real handful for Scotland this weekend'.

In the forwards, prop Ben Moon and flanker Mark Wilson replaced Ellis Genge and Brad Shields, respectively.

If unbeaten Wales beats Ireland at Cardiff in the second of the three staggered games Saturday, the Welsh will claim the Grand Slam and England will be assured of second place whatever happens at Twickenham a few hours later. Jones has seized the opportunity to crank-up the pressure on Warren Gatland's men.

Injury-ravaged Scotland are big underdogs as a disappointing tournament limps to a close at a venue where they have not won since 1983 - a sorry run spanning 17 Tests - and it is that statistic that Jones seized upon to mock Gregor Townsend's side. 'When they're blown up to be something they're not, it's hard for them, so that's part of it. Joe's a very good kid, but the media can turn anyone's head.' So, how had Cokanasiga taken the news of his demotion? "I am sure he will do the shirt great justice".

Eddie Jones has named a strong England team as they go in search of a bonus point victory over Scotland in Twickenham on Saturday.

"Well that's not for me to decide. I read up on the history of the Calcutta Cup and it's quite interesting", said assistant coach Wisemantel, referencing the 1995 film in which Mel Gibson plays 13th-century Scottish warrior William Wallace.

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