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England coach Jones drops Cokanasiga to look after him

17 March 2019
England coach Jones drops Cokanasiga to look after him

A week after being compared to Jonah Lomu by Sir Clive Woodward in response to a bulldozing man-of-the-match display against Italy, Cokanasiga is unable to even secure a place on the bench for the game with Scotland tomorrow.

Youngs made his worldwide debut off the bench against the Scots in 2010 at Murrayfield, on the wing, and this Saturday (March 16) makes his 85th appearance for the national side when they welcome a Scottish team looking to win their first match at Twickenham in nearly 40 years.

"We just feel it's right for him not be involved in matchday squad but he'll still learn from being around the squad".

"I want him to play 100 Tests, I don't want him to just play 10 Tests. We'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him".

"It's a great achievement but I know for him the most important thing is to win on Saturday", said Jones, who famously threw a bag of candies at Youngs when he first took over, saying he was too heavy.

"We've got a plan in place for him, a good plan in place for him, he'll be ready by the World Cup".

Eddie Jones has reverted to his first choice midfield for the 2019 Six Nations with Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade paired in the centres outside Owen Farrell.

Subs: 16 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Brad Shields, 20 Nathan Hughes, 21 Ben Spencer, 22 George Ford, 23 Ben Te'o.

Ben Youngs will be making his 85th England appearance to surpass the national record for a scrum-half held by Danny Care.

They did beat England in Edinburgh a year ago when they outmuscled Jones's team at the ruck and the Australian said he expected a different scenario on Saturday after overseeing a massive improvement in that area, and in their discipline.

"It is the last week of the tournament so it's exciting".

GREGOR TOWNSEND has identified three players in particular who have demonstrated that they truly are global animals after stepping up to the plate during yesterday's Calcutta Cup clash at Twickenham, helping Scotland mount a sensational fightback from 31-0 down to take a seven-point lead with four minutes to go.

"With young players, particularly in this environment, you've got to look after them", England's head coach said.

England can still win the championship by beating Scotland, providing Wales loses to Ireland on Saturday.

"The massive improvement for us is in our mindset", said Jones", whose side would have been going for a Grand Slam themselves but for a second-half collapse during a 21-13 loss to Wales in Cardiff. To respond the way we did in the second half, I was more than proud.