England head coach Eddie Jones says he expects a response from his side following their defeat to Wales in the third round of the Guinness Six Nations.
Jones’ side take on Italy at Twickenham Stadium (KO 4.45pm, live on ITV) on Saturday and he has made several changes to his starting XV.
“We’ve had good preparation for the Italy game, we had a good week in Oxford where we competed against Georgia for two days,” said Jones. “The lads have had a good break, re-energised and come back into camp really focused on what is an important game for us.
“What’s important is how you respond and so far the response in training has been excellent and I expect the response on Saturday to be even better.”
Jones has gone for power for Saturday’s fixture with prop Ellis Genge, centre Be Te’o and wing Joe Cokanasiga all starting the match.
Lock Joe Launchbury and flanker Brad Shields will also be among the first XV.
“We start with Ellis Genge. Ben Moon has done really well for us but we want a bit more carry at the start of the game and Genge will give us that and Moon will give us good work rate as a finisher,” said Jones.
“Joe Launchbury comes in for Courtney who unfortunately has a calf strain so it is a great opportunity for Joe, he has done a good job for us off the bench so we are looking forward to him starting the game.”
On Shields: “We have decided to start Brad Shields and bring Mark Wilson off the bench. Mark has been one of our best players but we believe for this game, at the start of the match, the set piece is going to be really important so we have a good mix in the pack.
On Te’o: “We are just looking to add another combination this weekend against Italy. It is a bigger centre combination with Te’o at 12 and Manu at 13 and then Henry Slade will finish the game for us.
On Cokanasiga: “It’s good for Joe to come back in the side, he’s been there or thereabouts during the Six Nations having returned from injury and he deserves his opportunity with Jack Nowell unavailable for this game.”