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Six Nations 2021: England vs Italy Live Online Preview & Prediction

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When: Saturday 13th February, 2021 – 14:15

Where: Twickenham Stadium, London

What channel is England vs Italy on? ITV

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Will backline change benefit England?

Eddie Jones has returned to a familiar strategy as England welcome Italy to Twickenham on Saturday, with Owen Farrell moving to inside centre and George Ford slotting in at fly-half.

Leicester Tigers’ Ford was among the replacements for the Calcutta Cup defeat to Scotland as Farrell lined up at 10 and Ollie Lawrence was given the opportunity in the No 12 shirt.

However, Lawrence barely got a touch of the ball as England’s back line were starved of possession and has been left out the matchday 23 for this week’s game completely, although it was Farrell in particular who came in for criticism from some quarters after the abject display against the Scots.

The captain has the full backing of his head coach though, using an analogy from his other sporting love, cricket, to describe why he believes Farrell is the right man to partner Henry Slade in the England midfield in a bid to get the backs firing again on Saturday.

“To me it’s a bit like a Test batsman who averages 60 and then gets a duck,” Jones told Sky Sports. “It’s a bit different if you’re a Test batsman who averages 25 and gets a duck – people can call for your head.

“But I think it’s entirely inappropriate for Owen. He didn’t have a good game on Saturday, but he wasn’t the only one and I don’t understand why there is such a strong desire to criticise him at this stage.

“A lot of the responsibility fell on Owen last week and we’d like to spread that responsibility. We’d like to get our back three and Sladey into the game more, and with George and Owen at 10 and 12 I think we’ll be able to do that.”

Varney touts Italy’s next generation

In the 21 years Italy have been part of the Six Nations, England are the one team they have yet to record even a solitary win against and few are giving them any chance of doing so on Saturday.

This is a new-look Italy team under Franco Smith though, with the South African having his eyes very much on the future as he starts bringing through some of the players who have helped Italy record wins over Wales and Scotland at U20 level in recent years.

One of those is 19-year-old Stephen Varney and the Gloucester scrum-half is in no doubt Smith’s decision to turn to youth will soon start to yield results.

“People view Italy as a losing nation, but it’s a different generation coming through now,” Varney, who was born in Wales but has Italian ancestry on his mother’s side, said.

“We’re new to it and were highly motivated to win because of the past, but it’s a totally different squad to what it was 12 or 24 months ago.”

Last Saturday’s opening Six Nations match in Rome was a case of the same old story for Italy though as they were beaten 50-10 by France and a further defeat at Twickenham would extend their losing run in the Six Nations to 29 games.

One crumb of comfort for the Azzurri was the attacking verve they showed though and Varney insists they have learnt from the mistakes make in defence against the French.

“We lacked a lot of execution at critical moments,” Varney said. “In big parts of the game we would knock the ball on or make a mistake, we can’t make errors like that in a Test match game.

“But there were plenty of positives, especially in attack. We attacked well and broke through the French defence quite often, but we need to work on our defence.”

England: 15 Elliot Daly, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Owen Farrell (c), 11 Jonny May, 10 George Ford, 9 Ben Youngs, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 Tom Curry, 6 Courtney Lawes, 5 Jonny Hill, 4 Maro Itoje, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 2 Luke Cowan-Dickie, 1 Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Ellis Genge, 18 Will Stuart, 19 Charlie Ewels, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Jack Willis, 22 Dan Robson, 23 Max Malins

Italy: 15 Jacopo Trulla, 14 Luca Sperandio, 13 Juan Ignacio Brex, 12 Carlo Canna, 11 Montanna Ioane, 10 Paolo Garbisi, 9 Stephen Varney, 8 Michele Lamaro, 7 Johan Meyer, 6 Sebastian Negri, 5 David Sisi, 4 Marco Lazzaroni, 3 Marco Riccioni, 2 Luca Bigi, 1 Andrea Lovotti

Replacements: 16 Gianmarco Lucchesi, 17 Danilo Fischetti, 18 Giosuè Zilocchi, 19 Niccolò Cannone, 20 Federico Ruzza, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Federico Mori

Six Nations 2021: England vs Italy Six Nations Live Online Preview & Prediction – Ryan White Conference (hrsa.gov)

Six Nations 2021: England vs Italy Six Nations Live Online Preview & Prediction

THE PREDICTION

Eddie Jones will be expecting a cricket score here as England have played themselves into an early ultimatum at this Six Nations: win the remainder of their games or lose their title. They won the 2020 Championships on points difference last October with a last-day romp against the Italians in Rome and they should fare even better in this home fixture. The lack of fans will not be a problem here in what can sometimes look a bit like target practice against this young and porous Italian side and the hosts can cover a huge -36 in victory here.