Eddie Jones has made four changes to his England starting XV, as they look to continue their perfect 2016 against Fiji at Twickenham, in the second game of the Old Mutual Wealth Autumn Internationals.
The Australian has named full-back Alex Goode and winger Semesa Rokoduguni in his side for the first time. While Jonathan Joseph returns at outside centre, moving Elliot Daly to the wing and Teimana Harrison returns at flanker.
Jones had delayed the announcement of his team after fitness concerns over Billy Vunipola and Nathan Hughes, but the pair have now passed tests. Hughes will once again be expecting to make an impact from the bench alongside the uncapped Bath lock Charlie Ewels.
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Rokoduguni and Goode return for England at Twickenham
Goode was named the Aviva Premiership’s Player of the Year in 2016 and will be looking to continue his fantastic form. Rokoduguni hasn’t played for England since winning his only cap against New Zealand in 2014.
The Fijian-born former soldier has been one of the Premiership’s finest finishers in the last three-years, his combination of speed, power and skill will bring a different edge to the back-three.
Earlier in the week fly-half George Ford was full of praise for Rokoduguni saying: “He is the most dangerous player I’ve ever played with.
“The best finisher I have ever played with. This year with Bath if you give him the ball and a little bit of space you can see what he can do.”
Eddie Jones expecting big performance from his side in second Autumn International
After their opening win over South Africa, the England management were keen to stress that the performance of the side must improve and Jones has stated that he expects a much more fluid 80-minutes from his side.
Jones said, “Every Test match is an opportunity for us to keep improving and to increase the depth of the squad.
“England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously.
“While we were satisfied with last week’s result against South Africa, there was plenty to improve on. We want a much more complete performance on Saturday – we want to be in total control of the game and tidy-up the things we didn’t do well enough last weekend.”
Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon welcomes England captain Dylan Hartley
Eventmasters are delighted to announce that England Rugby captain Dylan Hartley will join us as our guest of honour at the 27th Annual Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon – Thursday 15th December 2016.
The fantastic event is one of the most popular rugby luncheons of the year, perfect for entertaining guests or enjoying a Christmas party with staff. The Midlands Sportsman’s Luncheon has a history of attracting the biggest names in English rugby and we are thrilled that Hartley will join that list during 2016.
Don’t miss out on the chance to enjoy this superb festive event with the England captain. Our Midland’s Sportsman’s Luncheon hospitality packages are available to buy online for tables for 8 or 10 guests – please follow the link provided to secure your seats.