England bring back Te'o for Italy opener

England bring back Te'o for Italy opener

England bring back Te'o for Italy opener

Centre Ben Te'o will play his first England test for nearly a year after overcoming injury to be included in the team named by Eddie Jones to face Italy in Rome in their opening Six Nations match on Sunday.

England started brightly in the second half, but Watson was unable to touch down for his hattrick after a brilliant tackle from flanker Sebastian Negri.

Youngs was injured just nine minutes into the 46-15 victory on the opening weekend of the Six Nations when his left leg was trapped as he passed from the back of a ruck.

The 61-cap lock has emerged as a key figure under Eddie Jones and he has only been on the losing side for England once in 21 games since the start of 2016.

"We'll know more tomorrow but he's unlikely to be fit for the Wales game", Jones said immediately after the match.

Looked a little out of sorts after time out because of injury.

"It only makes me hungrier to go on and see how far I can push myself and how good a player I can become".

Normal service was resumed six minutes later, though, Farrell bursting through a gap to go under the posts and successfully converting for the first time as Italy's fragile defence was breached a little too easily once again, but an Allan penalty reduced the deficit to 17-10 at halt-time.

That said, the 10-12 midfield link between George Ford and Owen Farrell has rarely looked slicker and in Watson and Simmonds it is already clear Jones has two of the deadliest finishers in their respective positions in the entire tournament.

But a brace from Six Nations debutant Sam Simmonds plus sweetly worked tries from George Ford and Jack Nowell allowed the reigning champions to pull away.

The winners of the last two wooden spoons were refreshingly positive and replied with two tries of their own from Tommaso Benvenuti and Mattia Bellini with Tommaso Allan kicking a conversion and penalty.

England's bid to take a fresh guard this year, it seems, has even extended to their dress sense.

'The tournament is only going to get better and we go again next week at Twickenham, there will be 82,00 people, they'll be absolutely pumped and we'll be pumped to play in front of them'.

Italy coach Conor O'Shea was encouraged by his team's performance.

England's third try came when, after sustained pressure inside the 22, Farrell gathered a pass to run through a gaping hole.

"What annoyed me against a team that is number two in the world is we caused them a lot of problems with the ball, and I hate sitting here at the moment because we have lost and it's another statistic but in terms of what we are creating, going forward, I have a lot of hope".

"We want him to hit the line hard, that's what he's good at".

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