Cokanasiga out of England squad to face Scotland

Cokanasiga out of England squad to face Scotland

Winger Joe Cokanasiga has been dropped from the England squad to face Scotland in the final game of the Six Nations on Saturday a week after his man-of-the-match performance in their thrashing of Italy.

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Rugby Union - Six Nations Championship - England Training - Pennyhill Park Hotel, Bagshot, Britain - March 8, 2019 England's Joe Cokanasiga during training Action Images via Reuters/Peter Cziborra

BAGSHOT, England: Winger Joe Cokanasiga has been dropped from the England squad to face Scotland in the final game of the Six Nations on Saturday a week after his man-of-the-match performance in their thrashing of Italy.

Coach Eddie Jones named his team on Thursday, recalling Jack Nowell to the right wing and moving Manu Tuilagi, who scored two tries in last week’s 57-14 win, to inside centre to accommodate the return of Henry Slade at 13.

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

In two other changes Ben Moon comes in for Ellis Genge in the front row while Mark Wilson starts in place of Brad Shields.

England can still win the title if they beat Scotland in the 1700GMT kickoff but need Ireland to win in Cardiff earlier on Saturday to prevent a Welsh Grand Slam.

15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 29 caps) 14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 32 caps)13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 31 caps) 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 44 caps)10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 69 caps) (captain)9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 84 caps) 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 7 caps)2 Jamie George (Saracens, 36 caps)3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 21 caps)4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 57 caps)5 George Kruis (Saracens, 31 caps)6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 12 caps)7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 9 caps)8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 40 caps) Finishers (203 caps)16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 10 caps)17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 8 caps)  18 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 84 caps)19 Brad Shields (Wasps, 7 caps)20 Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 21 caps)21 Ben Spencer (Saracens, 2 caps)22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 54 caps)23 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 17 caps)

(Reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Toby Davis)

Source: Reuters

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