England coach Jones drops Cokanasiga to look after him

Postado Março 16, 2019

EDDIE JONES hinted Joe Cokanasiga will be part of England's World Cup squad despite dropping the rookie wing for the climax to the Six Nations.

Only five days earlier the 18-stones Bath battering ram was named man for the match for swatting aside Italian defenders easily in a performance that Sir Clive Woodward declared evoked memories of Jonah Lomu.

England team to face Scotland: Elliot Daly, Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (captain), Ben Youngs; Ben Moon, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Joe Launchbury, George Kruis, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry, Billy Vunipola. That's when you get a good player and that's what we're doing with him. We just feel it's right for him this week to not be involved in the matchday squad.

Jones added: "He's a young player and you need to bring young players through carefully". 'We've got a good plan in place for him, ' said the head coach.

Cokanasiga's destination is the World Cup in Japan this autumn and Jones's explanation, which he expects the 18-stone Bath wing will come to appreciate over the next six months, was that there is a masterplan...

Ben Te'o drops to the bench, with Jones opting for a more traditional midfield balance of guile and strength following last week's power-packed duo.

Ben Moon swaps with Ellis Genge in the front row while Mark Wilson comes in for Brad Shields who is named on the bench.

Saturday's game will also see Leicester Tigers' Ben Youngs reach a milestone as he is set to become the most-capped scrum-half for England with his 85th Test appearance.

Cokanasiga succeeds Liam Williams at Player of the Round, with the Wales full-back having been selected for his performance in the win over England.

But if the Welsh lose, England will take the title instead if they beat the Scots.

Jones says the comparison was "rubbish conversation" earlier in the week. They are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow.

If Ireland secure a bonus-point victory over Wales and England fail to score four tries in a win over Scotland, the two teams would be level on points at the top of the Six Nations table.