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Ben Te’o in shock start as Eddie Jones names his England rugby team to face Italy in Six Nations opener

Evening Standard logo Evening Standard 02/02/2018 CHRIS JONES
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Eddie Jones has named Ben Te’o at outside centre for England’s opening Six Nations clash with Italy despite having only just returned from injury.

The Worcester Warriors star has not played competitive rugby since he suffered an ankle injury in their Challenge Cup win over Brive in October.

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Elsewhere, Sam Simmonds will make his first Six Nations appearance, while Ben Youngs is set to overtake Matt Dawson’s record of most starts for an England halfback with what will be his 56th Test match appearance.

Here’s the England starting 15 in full….

15 Mike Brown (Harlequins 64 caps), 14Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 28 caps), 13 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 8 caps), 12Owen Farrell (Saracens 53 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 29 caps), 10George Ford (Leicester Tigers 40 caps), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers 73 caps), 1Mako Vunipola (Saracens 44 caps), 2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 89 caps), 3Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 77 caps), 4Joe Launchbury (Wasps 47 caps), 5Maro Itoje (Saracens 14 caps), 6Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 61 caps), 7Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 59 caps), 8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 3 caps)

Finishers

16 Jamie George (Saracens 20 caps), 17 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs uncapped), 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs 5 caps), 19George Kruis (Saracens 21 caps), 20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 3 caps), 21Danny Care (Harlequins 76 caps), 22Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 35 caps), 23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs 23 caps)

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