Harry Randall STARTS for England ahead of Ben Youngs with captain Courtney Lawes and Manu Tuilagi returning, as Eddie Jones names his team to play Wales at Twickenham in the Six Nations on Saturday
- England host Wales at Twickenham in the Six Nations on Saturday
- Manu Tuilagi is back in the starting XV having missed the first two matches
- Courtney Lawes returns to captain the team after a concussion lay-off
- Harry Randall keeps his place at scrum-half with Ben Youngs on the bench
- Luke Cowan-Dickie is selected to start at hooker with Jamie George benched
Harry Randall has retained his place in an England team captained by Courtney Lawes for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales.
The young scrum-half has been selected ahead of Ben Youngs, who is now likely to break Jason Leonard’s 114-cap Test record from the bench.
Despite not playing for six weeks with concussion, Lawes has been fast-tracked back into the back-row to skipper the side.
Eddie Jones has made three personnel changes to his team that beat Italy, with Manu Tuilagi returning to the midfield in place of Joe Marchant.
Harry Randall has been selected to start at scrum-half ahead of veteran Ben Youngs
Manu Tuilagi was injured scoring a try in the win against South Africa in November
ENGLAND TEAM TO PLAY WALES
15 Freddie Steward; 14 Max Malins, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Jack Nowell; 10 Marcus Smith, 9 Harry Randall; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 3 Kyle Sinckler; 4 Charlie Ewels, 5 Maro Itoje; 6 Courtney Lawes (captain), 8 Alex Dombrandt, 7 Tom Curry.
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Sam Simmonds; 21 Ben Youngs, 22 George Ford, 23 Elliot Daly.
Up front, Luke Cowan-Dickie has ousted Jamie George at hooker, joining Ellis Genge and Kyle Sinckler in the front-row.
Jones said: ‘We’ve prepared very well for this game, the squad have really come together on and off the pitch.
‘Wales are a good, tough side and Six Nations champions and it will make for an exciting Test match in front of a full Twickenham crowd.
‘We’ve got a talented, young, hungry squad who have trained with real intensity this week. We’re ready to go at them and can’t wait to play in front of our supporters again.
Courtney Lawes (left) is back after a concussion-enforced absence and captains the side
Eddie Jones is looking to build on the win over Italy after England lost their opener in Scotland
‘It will also be a special match with two significant milestones for Ben and Kyle [who will win his 50th cap], both of who have made outstanding contributions to English rugby so far in their careers. We congratulate them and we know there is more to come ahead for them.’
Jones has named four vice-captains to support Lawes, with Genge, Cowan-Dickie, flanker Tom Curry and centre Henry Slade all handed the title.
Maro Itoje has shifted back to lock to join Charlie Ewels, with Alex Dombrandt continuing at No 8.
Once again, Marcus Smith starts at No 10, with Max Malins, Jack Nowell and Freddie Steward forming the back-three.