Six Nations: Much-changed England to assert their dominance over Italy
England will be going for 17 consecutive victories when they host Italy at Twickenham on Sunday.
The Red Rose have been far from their best in this year’s Six Nations, but last-gasp victories over France and Wales have left them on course for their second successive Grand Slam.
An easier test is expected against Italy this weekend, and Eddie Jones has rung the changes.
Danny Care replaces Ben Youngs at scrum-half whilst Ben Te’o and Elliot Daly form a dangerous centre partnership.
Winger Jonny May and back-rower James Haskell also return to the starting XV.
Their opponents, Italy, have made four changes from Italy’s heavy defeat to Ireland in hope of reviving a low-on-confidence Azzuri side.
Conor O’Shea’s side have shipped 96 points in their opening two games, and the Woodon Spoon looks to be heading to Rome yet again.
O’Shea will be expecting a much-improved performance here.
The Twickenham crowd will be expecting a one-sided affair, but Dylan Hartley and co. will remain professional.
Last year’s Six Nations encounter in Rome saw the Red Rose run away with it in the second-half after a cagey opening.
This is something that has very much defined Jones’ spell in charge.
However, I’m not expecting this on Sunday. Those coming into the starting XV will be determined to impress and I’m expecting some expansive rugby.
This could lead to a try-fest and England over 49.5 points at 1.82 with Sportsbet.io seems a good bet.