England drop Cokanasiga as Jones rings changes for Scotland


Bagshot (United Kingdom) (AFP)

Joe Cokanasiga has been dropped by England coach Eddie Jones for Saturday's Six Nations finale against Scotland at Twickenham.

The powerhouse wing produced a man-of-the-match display in England's 57-14 thrashing of Italy as he rampaged around Twickenham last weekend but Cokanasiga was only playing because of an injury to fellow wing Jack Nowell, who has been restored to the starting XV in one of four changes made by Jones.

Elsewhere, playmaker Henry Slade returns in the centre to partner Manu Tuilagi, with Ben Te'o dropping to the bench.

There are also two changes in the pack, with Mark Wilson back at blindside flanker instead of Brad Shields and prop Ben Moon returning in place of Ellis Genge.

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

But if the Welsh slip up, England could take the title instead with a victory over the Scots.

Scotland beat England 25-13 at Murrayfield to win the Calcutta Cup last season but they have only defeated Italy so far in this Six Nations and have not won at Twickenham since 1983.

Gregor Townsend, the Scotland coach, is due to name his side later Thursday.

England team to play Scotland in a Six Nations international at Twickenham on Saturday (1700 GMT kick-off):

England (15-1)

Elliot Daly; Jack Nowell, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi, Jonny May, Owen Farrell (capt), Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson; George Kruis, Joe Launchbury; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Ellis Genge

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Dan Cole, Brad Shields, Nathan Hughes, Ben Spencer, George Ford, Ben Te'o