Published On: Fri, Sep 6th, 2019

England 9-0 Italy LIVE: Updates from final Rugby World Cup warm-up match at St James’ Park | Rugby | Sport

England coach Eddie Jones has handed Joe Marchant a starting berth against Italy in their final match before the Rugby World Cup despite the centre being overlooked for the 31-man squad for Japan.

Harlequins’ Marchant has been training with the squad for the last three weeks and gets the nod with Henry Slade and Jonathan Joseph both ruled out with injuries.

Two further players not selected for the World Cup are present on the bench in lock Charlie Ewels and flanker Matt Kvesic.

Ruaridh McConnochie, the only uncapped player in England‘s World Cup squad, has again been named to start after pulling out of two warm-up fixtures due to injury last month.

Bath’s McConnochie will form a back three with Anthony Watson, who plays at fullback for the first time since March 2018, and Leicester wing Jonny May.

Captain Owen Farrell wears the number 10 jersey while George Ford take a place on the bench.

Billy Vunipola has been included in the back row for the fourth consecutive match despite concerns about his workload heading into the World Cup.

Jones’ side will fly to Japan on Sunday before their tournament opener against Tonga on September 22 and you can follow how they get on in their final warm-up before they jet out right here.

England vs Italy teams

England: Anthony Watson; Ruaridh McConnochie, Joe Marchant, Piers Francis, Jonny May’ Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Dan Cole; Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes; Tom Curry, Mark Wilson, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Matt Kvesic, Willi Heinz, George Ford, Joe Cokanasiga.

Italy: Jayden Hayward; Mattia Bellini, Giulio Bisegni, Tommaso Benvenuti, Edoardo Padovani; Carlo Canna, Callum Braley; Nicola Quaglio, Oliviero Fabiani, Simone Ferrari; David Sisi, Dean Budd; Sebastian Negri, Abraham Steyn, Jimmy Tuivaiti.

Replacements: Federico Zani, Andrea Lovotti, Marco Riccioni, Federico Ruzza, Alessandro Zanni, Maxime Mbanda, Guglielmo Palazzani, Tommaso Allan.

England 9-0 Italy LIVE

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