- Fit-again Te’o lines up in No13 position outside Owen Farrell
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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.