Six Nations 2019: England drops Joe Cokanasiga for Scotland clash

Aubrey Yates
March 16, 2019

England have delivered a seismic shock by dropping Joe Cokanasiga for Saturday's Guinness Six Nations clash with Scotland.

The powerhouse wing produced a man-of-the-match display in England's 57-14 thrashing of Italy as he rampaged around Twickenham last weekend, with former England coach Clive Woodward comparing the Fiji-born flyer to New Zealand great Jonah Lomu.

Taking his place in the No 14 jersey is Jack Nowell, who has recovered from a shoulder stinger injury, with Ben Te'o picked as replacement threequarter cover.

"He's a good young player and we're looking after him", Jones told a media conference. "I don't know", Jones said.

'We've got a good plan in place for him [Cokanasiga]. He'll be ready by the World Cup. 'He'll be ready by the World Cup.' That rather suggests Cokanasiga has already gone a long way to convincing the management that he has what it takes to be a star of the present as well as the future.

"I don't need to fast-track him".

"Sometimes you let them go and sometimes you pull them back a bit".

Scotland won the Calcutta Cup in 2018
Scotland won the Calcutta Cup in 2018

Jones has reverted to his first-choice midfield, with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres.

Jones added: "He's a young player and you need to bring young players through carefully". The improvements will come in his speed, power, timing, his running lines.

The English have their eyes on a much grander title, but the Six Nations trophy isn't in their hands heading into the final weekend.

E Daly; J Nowell, H Slade, M Tuilagi, J May; O Farrell (capt), B Youngs; B Moon, J George, K Sinckler, J Launchbury, G Kruis, M Wilson, T Curry, B Vunipola.

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

Scotland beat England 25-13 at Murrayfield to win the Calcutta Cup last season but they have only beaten Italy so far in this Six Nations and the Scots have not won at Twickenham since 1983. Hannah Botterman and Poppy Cleall return to the starting XV. "It will be a fascinating finish to the Championship with three teams that can win it and we are playing against one of our most traditional foes in Scotland for the Calcutta Cup", said Jones.

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