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England scrum-half Youngs in doubt for rest of 6 Nations

Italy opted for unorthodox tactics in last year's fixture at Twickenham Italy opted for unorthodox tactics in last year's fixture at Twickenham
Stacy Houston | 05 February, 2018, 06:51

England enjoyed a dream start with a slick wraparound move involving Ford and Farrell putting Watson in at the corner for a try after only two minutes and 58 seconds.

In the absence of Billy Vunipola there was never much prospect of England going in without a big blindside presence, and Courtney Lawes and Sam Simmonds, in particular, will now be expected to deliver the yardage gains and bruising intent that shape games at this level.

"We had to hang in there and do the simple things well", Jones added.

"We've got a fantastic squad that have all prepared really well", said Jones.

"We want to be brutal and absolutely ruthless".

Slow starts are a hallmark of this England side and, while that may seem the wrong way to describe a half that began with Watson's tries, it was not looking like the kind of statement the coach had wanted until Italy's young bucks, full of invention and energy, ran out of puff.

ANTHONY WATSON and Sam Simmonds were England's gladiators as they bagged braces in Rome.

Dylan Hartley remains as England captain, with the hooker winning his 90th cap.

Having risen to prominence in the Premiership semi-finals last May, before making his global debut last November, Simmons has been trusted by Eddie Jones to start the Six Nations as his No 8 due to the injuries sustained by Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes, and the Exeter Chief certainly rewarded the head coach for his faith with two second-half tries and a performance of worthy of the worldwide stage.

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In this fixture a year ago, Italy used a tactic dubbed "The Fox" at Twickenham to bamboozle England by frequently not contesting the breakdown.

Owen Farrell's long punt from the ensuing penalty brought possession inside the Italian 22 where Maro Itoje claimed the line-out and the English backs worked space for Watson on the opposing flank.

And while all eyes this weekend will be on the Six Nations, Moody claims the key barometer to England's 2019 World Cup chances lies in the autumn when they face world champions New Zealand. "It is a massive set-piece contest". And that all starts on Sunday. "Italy were always going to be hard to play".

Maro Itoje is not happy against Samoa at Twickenham Stadium in November a year ago. Defensively we made a couple of errors and Italy were able to capitalise on them but they're something we can work on and fix.

Center-back Ben Te'o has been picked instead of Jonathan Joseph for England's Six Nations match against Italy in Rome on Sunday.

Full-back Matteo Minozzi and centre pairing Tommaso Boni and Tommaso Castello also have no Six Nations experience.

Italy made a game of it before tiring late on, England taking advantage by scoring three tries in the last 13 minutes.

'In the Six Nations each year there's some growth but they never get passed fifth or sixth, it's a good reason why we should see promotion and relegation.

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