A lot of changes since the loss in Dublin, Courtney Lowes conquers the number 100 Cap.
After a boring trip to Dublin, England are ready to host Twickenham fans again against Fiji on Saturday 26th August.
Steve Borthwick changes 8 players from his starting 15th place and offers the starting jersey to Northampton Saints midfielder Alex Mitchell, who has been recalled to replace the injured Jack Van Poortvliet.
In center field, Ollie Lawrence starts with Manu Tuilagi, Max Malins and Johnny May (not called up for the 33 who will fly to France) to complete an enlarged triangle that highlights the reliability of winger Freddie Steward.
The scramble sees Theo Dan play for England for the first time and Jack Willis makes his first appearance in the Summer Nations Series. Instead, Courtney Lowes will captain and win the 100th International.
Summer Nations Series: England squad for the final trials with Fiji
“We are very proud of Kourtney as she has reached an incredible milestone after 14 years of outstanding performances for her country. It has been a great honor for me to watch his journey and see him develop into a truly outstanding rugby player.” It was with these words that Steve Borthwick presented Lowes’ personal achievement.
After a 29-10 loss to the world’s No. 1 team, veteran Dan Cole returned to the front row with Ollie Chessum backing him up. Jack Walker and Lewis Ludlam will be benched against the Irish.
As is well known after the recent controversy, two big team names such as Billy Vunipola and Owen Farrell will be out because they are struggling with a suspension period.
See also: Owen Farrell: suspension finally came
England face Fiji
Here are the 23 people chosen by the English staff:
England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Ollie Lawrence, 12 Manu Tuilagi, 11 Johnny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Alex Mitchell, 1 Ellis Jenge, 2 Theo Dan, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Maro Itohe, 5 Ollie Chessum, 6 Courtney Lowes (c), 7 Jack Willis, 8 Ben Earl
Substitutions: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Will Stewart, 19 David Ribbans, 20 Lewis Ludlum, 21 Danny Care, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Joe Marchant
Live on Saturday, August 26 at 4:15 pm at Sky Sport Arena (Channel 204), live on NOW and Sky Go.
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