England recall Te'o to play alongside Tuilagi against Italy

England turn to dynamic centre duo Tuilagi and Te’o for Italy clash

England turn to dynamic centre duo Tuilagi and Te’o for Italy clash

The midfield pairing of Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade that worked so successfully as England stunned defending champion Ireland and France in the opening rounds has been broken up. Ben Te'o returns to the starting XV at inside center, with Tuilagi shifting outside of him to form an extremely physical combination.

"We're able now to pick a big backline which can play a little bit differently, that gives us another option". Henry Slade, the centre in the three previous Tests, was in the reserves.

It is the 18-stone winger Cokanasiga's fourth cap but his first start in the Six nations as the supremely athletic Fijian-born Bath man comes in for the injured Jack Nowell.

Such has been the unpredictable nature of Jones' decision-making since he took charge in 2015, it remains unclear if the lineup was one he has been waiting to unleash, or whether it was triggered by England's listless second-half showing in Cardiff two weeks ago.

The Red Rose have scored 31 tries in their last five Six Nations fixtures against the Azzurri. To ensure there is no let up, Jones has brought in the heavyweights in his backline, selecting Ben Te'o and Manu Tuilagi together at centre for the first time.

Jones stated that the Azzurri can be a gifted team if their head coach Conor O'Shea takes a positive approach - a reference to the controversial no-ruck tactics employed by the Irishman at the same venue two years ago. "It's the one that he's probably dreaming of".

"Hopefully we will see more of that on Saturday".

However, the drafting of power into the backline isn't created to change that.

"We got bit of a taste of it against Australia".

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"Players have had a good break and have come back into camp re-energised and refocused for what is an important game for us".

Jones has revealed that its origins date back to an autumn global staged at Twickenham in 2016 when England were in the midst of their world record-equalling sequence of 18 successive Test wins. Italy held a two-point lead with 20 minutes remaining, before fatigue saw it fall away late.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea is due to name his side later Thursday.

Jones has promised his side will be ready for anything.

England: 15-Daly, 14-Cokanasiga, 13-Tuilagi, 12-Te'o, 11-May, 10-Farrell (capt), 9-Youngs; 1-Genge, 2-George, 3-Sinckler, 4-Kruis, 5-Launchbury, 6-Shields, 7-Curry, 8-Vunipola.

Brad Shields comes in at blindside flanker, with Mark Wilson on the bench alongside Dan Robson as Jones again seemed to show a lack of faith in his backup scrumhalf, who has only 10 minutes in the win over France to show for his global career to date.

Replacements: 16-Ghiraldini, 17-Traore, 18-Pasquali, 19-Sisi, 20-Polledri, 21-Palazzani, 22-McKinley, 23-Castello.

Teddington - Sergio Parisse has insisted perennial Six Nations strugglers Italy "have not come here to see England play" ahead of their match at Twickenham on Saturday.

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