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England’s Likely Team To Face Fiji This Weekend

With Eddie Jones this evening announcing a 25 man squad to face Fiji on Saturday and naming some surprise names in his squad, we put together the team the Australian is likely to pick to take on the Pacific island’s best players.

With Dave Attwood ruled out with injury, uncapped Bath lock Charlie Ewels is back in the squad and in line to make his debut off the bench.

Openside Tom Wood has been axed despite a solid performance against South Africa last weekend, with clubmate Teimana Harrison likely to be replacing himself at seven. It seems Jones views the Fiji match as an opportunity to see if the New Zealand born-and-bred starlet is ready for a return to the test arena.

In another move that will please many England supporters, Marland Yarde has been dropped in favour of Bath’s Semesa Rokoduguni, a man many felt should have started last weekend given his brilliant and consistent form in the Premiership this season.

It also seems likely that Saracens fullback Alex Goode will finally get his chance as a replacement for incumbent Mike Brown, it reports are to be believed.

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Henry Slade is back in the reckoning and with a chance to push Ben Te’o for a bench spot, but ultimately Jones is likely to stick with almost the same team as last week with only a couple of unenforced changes:

England’s Likely Team To Face Fiji

Mako Vunipola
Dylan Hartley
Dan Cole
Joe Launchbury
Courtney Lawes
Chris Robshaw
Teimana Harrison
Billy Vunipola

Ben Youngs
George Ford

Jonny May
Owen Farrell
Elliot Daly
Semesa Rokoduguni
Alex Goode

Bench: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Nathan Hughes, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Mike Brown

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