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England to atone for worst Jones-era show

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12th February, 2021
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England are ready to make up for perhaps their worst performance of of the Eddie Jones era by taking it out on Italy at Twickenham.

Elliot Daly reckons Jones’ team can belatedly relaunch their Six Nations title defence by atoning for last weekend’s Calcutta Cup horror show when they lost at home to Scotland.

The champions crashed to a comprehensive 11-6 defeat on the opening weekend as the outstanding visitors triumphed at Twickenham for the first time since 1983.

Daly is convinced England can ignite their championship when 80-1 underdogs Italy visit London on Saturday.

“We know what we’re capable of. It’s always disappointing when you lose, but it’s about how you go into the next game,” Daly said.

“Our performance wasn’t where we wanted it to be against Scotland, but we have this chance to put it right and get back to what we’re good at, so that means ball in hand and putting dangerous players into dangerous areas.

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“These competitions aren’t won on the first weekend. We know we can turn it around so this is a good opportunity to really fly into it and see where we can put ourselves.

“We’ve been looking at what we can do to get back playing in the way we want to play and enforcing our game on the other team.”

England’s back line were reduced to a bystander’s role against Scotland as what little possession they secured was kicked away aimlessly at halfback.

It is hoped the return of the George Ford-Owen Farrell axis at the expense of rookie centre Ollie Lawrence will induce a better attacking display against opponents who are seeking to avoid a 29th successive Six Nations loss.

Owen Farrell

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Up front there is greater firepower with props Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola back from suspension and injury respectively, while the return of Courtney Lawes at blindside flanker ratchets up the physicality of the back row.

Daly said: “We’re a confident group. Obviously we’re disappointed with the Scotland result. We’ve looked at ourselves first, what we can do right.

“But the training week has been one of the best we’ve had at the Lensbury. Everyone is ready to go and raring to go.”

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