World News – GB – Mick Cleary’s verdict: a player-by-player guide from England’s starting XV for clash against Italy


Telegraph Sport rugby editor takes expert eye on Eddie Jones’ selection for Six Nations pivotal match in Rome

This is a great opportunity for Furbank to show he has the poise as well as the class to succeed at Test level. The talent is there but the Northampton Saints full-back shook on his debut against the France in February

Every England fan yearns to see Watson have a full, productive and injury-free season as he nears his best years. His obvious class with and without the ball is a real asset

The Bath center also needs to reassert itself in the international game, as form as well as injuries have hampered its progress in recent years Manu Tuilagi’s absence is his chance to shine

The Exeter Chiefs player has really matured over the last 18 months to the point where he is one of the first names on the roster – although the position is still a moving entity

Little has been seen or heard of May since the lockdown, so this is his chance to confirm his status as one of the most threatening runners in world rugby, intelligence combined with speed creating a powerful mix

The spotlight shines even more intensely on Farrell as this is his first game since being sent off for a dangerous tackle in early September, with the fly-half vowing to change his technique

There are few more popular players in the game than Ben Youngs and his 100th selection for England will be rightly celebrated everywhere Youngsters, however, will not be happy with the applause unless he can revive his back line

One of the many Saracen players in the England squad who will be eager to gain visibility and competition after being forced to miss the Premiership play-offs

A 50th cap for George is a fitting reward for the long apprenticeship served under Dylan Hartley and the fact that the same pressure is now on him will ensure that the Buckwheat picks up its game

The move to Bristol has adapted Sinckler’s ball-in-hand style of play, but the former Harlequin knows he will be judged above all by his ability to lay a solid foundation in the scrum and lineout

There will be a lot of interest to see if Itoje can build on his role as the pivotal player in the English peloton, rallying figure in times of stress and setting the tone on the pitch

Only a few weeks for the Exeter Chiefs lock, and there is no doubt that Hill’s role in his club’s rise to the podium helped propel him into the England colors where he will add energy and intelligence

The challenge for Curry will be to live up to the hype he has garnered himself through several outstanding performances. Powerful and insightful in equal measure, Curry is all too aware that he must maintain those standards. p>

The clamor surrounding Jack Willis’ rise has failed to deter Eddie Jones from notable claims of his World Cup Kamikaze kids pairing

There is a sense of longing among England fans to see Vunipola return to full swing, beat to the best from the grassroots, shake up potential tacklers and make some serious footage

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World News – UK – Verdict of Mick Cleary: One player per – England’s starting XV’s guide for the clash against Italy



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