Eddie Jones could make four changes for this weekend’s clash with Fiji.
Following England’s 37-21 win over South Africa, Eddie Jones will resist the temptation to make numerous changes to his side for this weekend’s clash with Fiji according to The Telegraph’s Gavin Mairs.
With tests against Argentina and Australia to come, some had expect Jones to rest many of his front line players against the Fijians and hand starts to players who have not featured regularly under the Australian.
However, given the number of injuries England suffered in the weeks leading up to the autumn series, it is easy to understand why Jones might not want to fill his side with inexperienced players this weekend.
In any event, while some of the players Jones is set to pick might be inexperienced in internationals terms, they remain hardened professionals.
This is true Alex Goode, who is set to start in place of Mike Brown for the first time since England’s dead rubber World Cup match with Uruguay last year.
Given his form with Saracens over the last number of seasons, Goode has been unlucky not to break into the team sooner and will be looking to make the most of his opportunity.
Mairs also believes Semesea Rokoduguni will be selected on the wing instead of Marland Yarde. Like Goode, the Bath winger has been in superb form, and must have been close to forcing his inclusion against South Africa.
The final change in the backline should see Jonathan Joseph start ahead of Elliot Daly at outside centre, with Ben Te’o retained on the bench.
Upfront, Tom Wood has been released from the squad, creating a vacancy that could be filled by Nathan Hughes at openside flanker.
Teimana Harrison is likely to be named on the bench alongside Bath lock Charlie Ewels, who is in line to make his international debut.
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