Italy v England 6N Opener - Match Thoughts
By England Fan
February 2 2018
England head off to ROME the 'Eternal City' for the start of their 2018 Six Nations campaign.
ITALY V ENGLAND
Stadio Olimpico -Rome
Sunday, 4 February KO: 15:00, Stadio Olimpico - ITV
Referee: Mathieu Raynal (France)
England will be looking to start well this weekend in Rome. Hopefully puting plenty of points on the board because you will remember we now have a BP(Bonus Point League), so everygame point counts now! England's last five scores against Italy are...
15-36 Home(2017) this was the year of the ruck-less - ruck which sent England in a spin., I wonder what Connor has up his sleeve this time?
9-40 Away (2016),
11-52 Away (2014)
and 11-18 Home(2013).
Looking at these stats., you can't really say Italy have improved much.
For those travelling to Rome this weekend, we have some super tourist top TIPs from our man in Rome-CAM Paolo Borgognoneo
I would like to see England running with the ball from the outset and not so much of the endless kicking game we tend to see nowadays. Yes of course it plays a part in the game but it also gives the ball to the opposition to run at you. Keep the ball in hand, off load well and run with it........... that was how the game was invented, was it not?
Head coach Eddie Jones said: “I have selected the strongest available side to play Italy this weekend and the players are excited to play in Rome. Our preparation over the last two weeks has been excellent and the players feel refreshed. We want to start the tournament well and are ready to go hunting against Italy. We know we need to get our set piece right, be defensively strong and play with aggression and plenty of energy.”
ITALY: Minozzi, Benvenuti, Boni, Castello, Bellini, Allan, Violi; Lovotti, Ghiradldini, Ferrari, Zanni, Budd, Negri, Giammarioli, Parisse.
Replacements: Bigi, Quaglio, Pasquali, Biagi, Mbanda, Gori, Canna, Hayward,
ENGLAND: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Ben Te'o, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs; 1 Mako Vunipola, 2 Dylan Hartley, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Joe Launchbury, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Courtney Lawes, 7 Chris Robshaw, 8 Sam Simmonds.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Alec Hepburn, 18 Harry Williams, 19 George Kruis, 20 Sam Underhill, 21 Danny Care, 22 Jonathan Joseph, 23 Jack Nowell.
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