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England Release A Surprisingly Strong Team For Italy Trip

England will travel to Italy on Sunday for their third game of this year’s Six Nations with one thing in mind, a bonus point win. 

Off the back of last-gasp victories against France in Twickenham and Wales in the Principality, Eddie Jones side look to take another step toward a second Grand Slam in as many years. Tries in the dying minutes from Ben Te’o and Elliot Daly were enough to see England through and earn impressive wins despite underperforming.

A host of changes were expected for the game after the Italians succumbed to heavy defeats in their opening games. Ireland ran in nine tries in the Stadio Olimpico last time out.

With a tricky encounter against a resurgent Scotland side to come next week, Jones was always likely to rotate his panel. However, it seems the former Japan coach is in no mood for complacency and has opted for a strong lineup.

Ben Youngs is left on the bench with Danny Care slotting in at nine but George Ford retains his place despite suggestions Owen Farrell would move to out-half.

Check out the full team below.

The game kicks off on Sunday at 3 o’clock.

Rory Murphy, Pundit Arena

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