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NZer Te'o set for England rugby start

NZN 22/02/2017

Former NRL star Ben Te'o is set to make his first start for England in a new-look centre pairing in the Six Nations rugby match against Italy at Twickenham.

The New Zealand-born former rugby league back-rower's expected promotion to starting inside centre comes after coach Eddie Jones dropped Jonathan Joseph from his 24-man squad for Sunday's game.

It is the second time the Bath centre has been dropped by Jones, after making way for Elliot Daly in last autumn's victory over South Africa, and it is his rival from Wasps who could also usurp him at outside centre on this occasion.

Owen Farrell, who is set to win his 50th cap, is in contention at first five-eighth inside a midfield partnership that is expected to see former Junior Kiwis rugby league forward Te'o start alongside Daly.

Te'o, 30, who played State of Origin rugby league for Queensland, has made a telling impact when coming off the bench against France and Wales.

Daly has been among England's best backs since breaking into the starting XV last autumn.

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