Published: Sat, March 16, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Joe Cokanasiga dropped for Calcutta Cup clash

Joe Cokanasiga dropped for Calcutta Cup clash

Eddie Jones hints that Joe Cokanasiga will be part of England's World Cup squad despite dropping the rookie wing for the climax to the Guinness Six Nations against Scotland.

In the backs, Jack Nowell replaces Joe Cokanasiga on the right wing and Henry Slade replaces Ben Te'o who drops to the bench.

There was no reference to an injury for Cokanasiga but Jones will explain his decision in a news conference later on Thursday.

There are also two changes in the pack, with Mark Wilson back at blindside flanker instead of Brad Shields and prop Ben Moon returning in place of Ellis Genge.

England began the match knowing the title was out of their hands after Wales completed the Grand Slam by beating Ireland earlier but still ripped into Scotland from the start.

"He'll feature very strongly in our plans for the future, but we just feel this week that Jack Nowell is our best player in that position".

"We have had a good preparation and the side is going to be in a great state to play against Scotland on Saturday. You have three teams who can win it", Jones said. They are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow.

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"It is a fantastic achievement", added Jones.

"But if we impose our game on Scotland, it'll be pretty tough for them".

"That's developing and gets tested all the time because as soon as you get good at something someone finds a way to stop you". 'When they're blown up to be something they're not, it's hard for them, so that's part of it. Joe's a very good kid, but the media can turn anyone's head.' So, how had Cokanasiga taken the news of his demotion?

Ben Youngs will be making his 85th England appearance to surpass the national record for a scrum-half held by Danny Care.

"We've got a plan in place for him, a good plan in place for him, he'll be ready by the World Cup".

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George Ford rescued England with an 83rd-minute try to secure a 38-all draw with Scotland on Saturday after the Scots had come from 31-0 down to lead 38-31 in one of the most remarkable games in Six Nations history. "I don't know", Jones said.

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