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Lancaster rewards the men who slayed the dragon - here's the England team to face Italy

England looking to make it two wins from two before they travel to Dublin.

Image: Mike Egerton

ENGLAND COACH STUART Lancaster has named an unchanged side for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Italy (2.30pm).

England got their campaign off to a perfect start with a win in Wales last weekend and it’s no surprise to see the same starting XV and bench retained.

“It’s always good to be able to name an unchanged team and to build some consistency,” Lancaster said.

It means first Twickenham starts for George Kruis in the second row and Jonathan Joseph in the centre.

“Italy are going to be fired up,” Lancaster added. “They always are when they come to Twickenham, especially after last week’s loss to Ireland.

“We know what’s coming at us but we have prepared well and are looking forward to getting back home to our fantastic supporters.”

England v Italy

15. Mike Brown
14. Anthony Watson
13. Jonathan Joseph
12. Luther Burrell
11. Jonny May
10. George Ford
9. Ben Youngs

1. Joe Marler
2. Dylan Hartley
3. Dan Cole
4. David Attwood
5. George Kruis
6. James Haskell
7. Chris Robshaw
8. Billy Vunipola


16. Tom Youngs
17. Mako Vunipola
18. Kieran Brookes
19. Nick Easter
20. Tom Croft
21. Richard Wigglesworth
22. Danny Cipriani
23. Billy Twelvetrees

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