dr martens men Te’o given the nod to start for England against Italy
Ben Te’o will make his first England appearance in almost a year after being picked at outside centre for the NatWest 6 Nations clash with Italy in Rome.
Te’o has ousted Jonathan Joseph from the number 13 jersey after completing his recovery from the high ankle sprain that ruled him out for three months,
a spell that included the autumn series.
Head coach Eddie Jones has opted for the rugby league convert’s powerful ball carrying and smart running lines over the slick footwork of Joseph,
who is included on the bench.
The Stadio Olimpico showdown on Sunday will be the first time Te’o,
who won two caps for the British and Irish Lions last summer,
has played since October.
His only previous start for England was also against Italy 12 months ago when he crossed for a late try in a match dubbed ‘ruckgate’ because of the tactics employed by Conor O’Shea’s Azzurri.
Sam Simmonds will feature at number eight (Yui Mok/PA)
“We don’t want to rely on one dominant ball carrier because if you rely on one then the opposition find a way to stop that ball carrier and you’re stopped going forward.”