England go all weapons blazing in workforce choice to face Tonga in World Cup opener

England will unleash their strongest accessible workforce on Tonga after they kick off their World Cup marketing campaign on Sunday.

The tiny Island nation has by no means overwhelmed England and is ranked 12 locations beneath them on the planet rankings

However Eddie Jones is taking no probabilities, likely conscious of what heavy climate England fabricated from beating Fiji of their World Cup opener 4 years in the past.

The Australian returns to just about the identical aspect which smashed Eire by a file rating at Twickenham final month, making simply the 2 adjustments.

Anthony Watson are available in for the much less skilled Joe Cokanasiga on the appropriate wing and Courtney Lawes replaces George Kruis at lock.


England’s gamers practice below a rainbow in Miyazaki

Group captain Owen Farrell begins at inside-centre with George Ford at fly-half and Manu Tuilagi exterior him at 13.

Within the again row the ploy of fielding two openside flankers in Sam Underhill and Tom Curry, will get solely its second outing – the pair lining up both aspect of Billy Vunipola, whose father and uncle performed for Tonga towards England at Twickenham within the 1999 World Cup.

Jones stated: “The main focus this week has been about getting proper for Tonga. We’ve had seven days in Japan the place we’ve acclimatised rather well, our sleep patterns are good and the bodily conditioning of the gamers is excellent.


Maro Itoje, Billy Vunipola and Courtney Lawes all begin for England

“Now it’s about placing in a gameplan towards Tonga and it is very important be tactically proper. We all know they’re going to be ferocious and filled with pleasure and keenness.

“They’re a aspect in the event that they get a little bit of momentum they are often very harmful and are nicely coached by Toutai Kefu. The have an ideal World Cup file and we are going to must be at our greatest on Sunday.”

The match shall be performed inside Sapporo’s spectacular dome, a space-age baseball stadium with the capability to host soccer and rugby by merely changing the pitch.

Ben Youngs wins his 90th cap at scrum-half, transferring to inside one in all becoming a member of Jonny Wilkinson as England’s most-capped again of all time.


15 Elliot Daly

14 Anthony Watson

13 Manu Tuilagi

12 Owen Farrell (capt)

11 Jonny Could

10 George Ford

9 Ben Youngs

1 Joe Marler

2 Jamie George

three Kyle Sinckler

four Courtney Lawes

5 Maro Itoje

6 Tom Curry

7 Sam Underhill

eight Billy Vunipola


16 Luke Cowan-Dickie

17 Ellis Genge

18 Dan Cole

19 George Kruis

20 Lewis Ludlam

21 Willi Heinz

22 Henry Slade

23 Jonathan Joseph

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