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Ben Te'o ousts Jonathan Joseph to start for England against Italy in Six Nations

  • Fit-again Te’o lines up in No13 position outside Owen Farrell
  • Eddie Jones picks Courtney Lawes in the back-row for Rome trip

Ben Te’o has been handed only his second start for England after he was named at outside-centre to face Italy on Sunday. Te’o has not played at all since October due to an ankle injury but Eddie Jones has put him straight into his starting XV for England’s Six Nations opener.

Te’o also started 12 months ago against Italy, as well as in the first British & Irish Lions Test, but he suffered an ankle injury when playing for Worcester against Brive nearly four months ago. Last week he revealed that he funded a six-week rehab programme in Australia at the end of last year to ensure he was fighting fit for the Six Nations.

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England adopt cold war tactics in bid to avoid Six Nations embarrassment

• Eddie Jones’ side use military technique to spot potential weakness
• Champions struggled to deal with Italy’s approach to ruck last year

England have adopted cold war military tactics to guard against the kind of embarrassment suffered as a result of Italy’s approach to the rules of engagement during last year’s Six Nations.

The defence coach, Paul Gustard, has revealed England have introduced “military red-teaming” – a practice previously employed by the US armed forces and intelligence agencies against the Soviet Union – that involves an organisation instructing an independent group to improve its effectiveness by assuming an adversarial role and probing its weaknesses.

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Source: gad