Italy coach Conor O'Shea makes four changes for trip to England

Ross Houston
February 23, 2017

Joseph played at outside-centre against France and Wales and has started all but one of Eddie Jones's 15 matches in charge, scoring a hat-trick against Italy in Rome a year ago.

Code swapper Ben Te'o will make his first start for Eddie Jones' England in the weekend's Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

Joseph has been a mainstay since Jones's appointment, playing in all 15 tests since the Australian coach took charge.


But Joseph was absent from a 24-man retained list released on Wednesday, with one more player set to be axed when the matchday squad is named on Friday.

His role at outside centre is likely to be filled by Elliot Daly, with the powerful Ben Te'o also in the running for a starting berth.

Owen Farrell could move to flyhalf, with Elliot Daly - a try-scoring hero as a wing in England's 21-16 win over Wales last time out - and Ben Te'o the new centre duo.


Exeter Chiefs centre Michele Campagnaro, who came on as a late replacement in the home defeats to Wales and Ireland, starts in midfield in place of Tommaso Benvenuti.

Vunipola missed England's first two games of the tournament against France and Wales as he recovered from a knee injury suffered in December.


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