Eddie Jones defends shock omission of Joe Cokanasiga for Scotland game

Tanya Simon
March 16, 2019

Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and, after winning their opening game of this year's Six Nations against Italy, they lost their next three amid a lengthy injury list.

It still grates the England coach how the Scots celebrated their win in this fixture previous year at Murrayfield.

"The thing I enjoy most about playing with him is how much he loves it, how much he loves being around this place and being out there on the field", added Farrell.

The Scots are usually the ones with a score to settle heading into the Calcutta Cup, especially away from home.

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.

"The massive improvement for us is in our mindset", he said.

The third and final Six Nations tussle of the day starts at 5pm.

A loss for Wales, however, opens the door for England to snatch the title.

If Wales beat Ireland in Cardiff earlier on Saturday they will be crowned champions and complete a Grand Slam.

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Jones said Cokanasiga would definitely feature in some of England's four World Cup warm-up games in August and would be "ready" for the tournament in Japan.

'We've got a good plan in place for him [Cokanasiga]. He'll be ready by the World Cup.

"It looks like it is a real privilege for him, as it is for all of us". "We don't need to rush him, we'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him". I've got some reasonable experience doing this.

"He's going to feature very strongly in our plans for the future but we just feel this week that Jack Nowell is our best player in that position, and we feel Ben Te'o can do some good work for us off the bench, so Joe becomes our 24th man".

Henry Slade, Ben Moon and Mark Wilson are the other players to be recalled by Eddie Jones, with Ben Te'o, Ellis Genge and Brad Shields dropping to the bench.

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

Jones makes four changes to the starting XV that lined up against Italy last week.

Scotland: Sean Maitland, Darcy Graham, Nick Grigg, Sam Johnson, Byron McGuigan, Finn Russell, Ali Price; Magnus Bradbury, Hamish Watson, Sam Skinner, Grant Gilchrist, Ben Toolis, Willem Nel, Stuart McInally (captain), Allan Dell. That meant Sean Maitland was at fullback and Byron McGuigan on the left wing.

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