‘We’ve got a good plan in place that will mean he’s ready for the World Cup’: Eddie Jones keen to ‘look after’ Joe Cokanasiga after leaving wing out for Six Nations finale against Scotland
- England finish their Six Nations campaign against Scotland at Twickenham
- Joe Cokanasiga, who shone against Italy, has been replaced by Jack Nowell
- Henry Slade, Mark Wilson and Ben Moon all also come back into the starting XV
Eddie Jones claims England want to keep a lid on wing sensation Joe Cokanasiga and unleash him at this year’s World Cup.
The England coach was speaking after he left the exciting wing out his match-day 23 to face Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday, despite the 21-year-old being named Man of the Match in last weekend’s victory over Italy.
Bath’s Cokanasiga produced a stunning demonstration of ball-carrying and broken-field running in the 57-14 thrashing of the Azzurri five days ago.
Joe Cokanasiga has been left out of England’s match-day 23 to face Scotland at Twickenham
The 21-year-old sensation produced a stunning display in the 57-14 thrashing of Italy
‘We’ve got a good plan in place that will mean he’s ready for the World Cup,’ said Eddie Jones
But his place in the starting XV has been taken by Jack Nowell and he is not included among the replacements.
Jones explained his decision was borne out of a desire to protect the starlet, claiming: ‘We’ve got a good plan in place that will mean he’s ready for the World Cup.’
He continued: ‘Joe is a good young player and we’re looking after him. He’ll feature in our plans for the future. Jack Nowell is our best option in the position. I don’t need to rush Joe, we need to bring him through carefully’
Jones added that Cokanasiga will ‘feature heavily’ in England’s warm-up games before the World Cup. The Red Rose take on Italy, Ireland and Wales (twice) before jetting off to Japan.
On Saturday, meanwhile, the return of Nowell is one of four starting changes. In midfield, Manu Tuilagi reverts to inside centre, with Henry Slade returning alongside him – as revealed by Sportsmail on Wednesday night.
Jack Nowell (L) and Henry Slade (R) return as Eddie Jones makes four changes to his team
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The reunion of that partnership means that Ben Te’o has to settle for a place on the bench.
Up front, Exeter prop Ben Moon is restored as the starting loosehead, instead of Leicester rookie Ellis Genge, while Mark Wilson of Newcastle is recalled at blindside flanker.
Brad Shields, who wore the No 6 shirt last week, is among the replacements, along with fellow Wasps back-rower Nathan Hughes – who is also the designated lock cover.
England are looking to pip Wales to victory in this year’s Championship, but know they must rely on Warren Gatland’s side slipping up against Ireland in Cardiff if they are to stand any chance of lifting the trophy.
Flanker Mark Wilson (L) and prop Ben Moon (R) also return to the team for the visit of Scotland
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