Nathan Hughes
Hughes could make his second international appearance against the country of his birth. Getty Images

England look to extend their winning run to 12 matches as they face Fiji at Twickenham on Saturday [19 November].

Where to watch

England vs Fiji is live on Sky Sports 2HD and BBC Radio Five live sports extra with kick-off at 2:30pm GMT. Highlights are available on BBC Two HD from 7:10pm GMT.


Eddie Jones will be looking for a dramatic improvement from England when they take on Fiji in their second autumn international at Twickenham. The Red Rose swept aside South Africa for the first time in 10 years last weekend, but the Australian coach was far from impressed with the display.

Tries from Jonny May, Courtney Lawes, George Ford and Owen Farrell eventually eased the hosts to their first win over the Springboks since 2006. But a flurry of early penalties and the late tries for Johan Goosen and Willie Le Roux took the gloss off the 37-21 victory which saw Jones criticise his team at full-time.

Jones has responded by making four personnel changes to his team for the visit of Fiji. Tom Wood and Marland Yarde were among the chief offenders last weekend, and they both drop out of the squad, while Mike Brown and May also drop out.

George Ford
Ford will have the chance to cement his place at fly-half. Getty Images

Among those coming in include Alex Goode at full-back for his first England start for 13 months and Semesa Rokoduguni for his first appearance since his debut in November 2014. Jonathan Joseph returns to the centre, forcing Elliot Daly onto the wing, while Teimana Harrison makes his third England appearance in the back row.

Though Fiji represent the weakest opponent of England's four autumn internationals, the seriousness in which Jones is taking the game can be reflected by the delay in naming his team, which was put back until just over 24 hours before kick-off. Jones had insisted he was not keen on awarding caps frivolously, and the strength of his team suggests he will not take the Pacific Islanders lightly.

Fiji arrive at Twickenham with a team packed with European based players yet their defeat to the Barbarians last weekend could be a ominous sign ahead of facing the Six Nations champions. A repeat of the opening game from the 2015 Rugby World Cup does see the return of 6ft 5in Nemani Nadolo on the wing, but Fiji will require consistency across their team to threaten England.


England: 15, Alex Goode, 14. Semesa Rokoduguni, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 12. Owen Farrell, 11. Elliot Daly, 10. George Ford, 9. Ben Youngs, 8. Billy Vunipola, 7. Teimana Harrison, 6. Chris Robshaw, 5. Courtney Lawes, 4. Joe Launchbury, 3. Dan Cole, 2. Dylan Hartley, 1. Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Kyle Sinckler, 19. Charlie Ewels, 20. Nathan Hughes, 21. Danny Care, 22. Ben Te'o, 23. Henry Slade

Eddie Jones
Jones is chasing his 11th win in a row as England coach against Fiji. Getty Images

Fiji: 15. Metuisela Talebula, 14. Benito Masilevu, 13. Asaeli Tikoirotuma, 12. Albert Vulivuli, 11. Nemani Nadolo, 10. Josh Matavesi, 9. Seru Vularika, 8. Akapusi Qera, 7. Peceli Yato, 6. Dominiko Waqaniburotu, 5. Leone Nakarawa, 4. Api Ratuniyawara, 3. Manasa Saulo, 2. Sunia Koto, 1. Campese Ma'afu

Replacements: 16. Tuapati Talemaitoga, 17. Peni Ravai, 18. Leeroy Atalifo, 19. Nemia Soqeta, 20. Naulia Dawai, 21. Eremasi Radrodro, 22. Niko Matawalu, 23. Kini Murimurivalu

What the coaches say:

Eddie Jones: "Every Test match is an opportunity for us to keep improving and to increase the depth of the squad. We've made a few changes from last week and those players have a great chance to put their best foot forward and make the team better.

"England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously. They bring flair and an unbridled enthusiasm to move the ball at pace, with running skills – if the game becomes unstructured they can be a very dangerous team. They'll come to Twickenham with no fear and hungry to cause an upset.

"While we were satisfied with last week's result against South Africa, there was plenty to improve on. We want a much more complete performance on Saturday – we want to be in total control of the game and tidy-up the things we didn't do well enough last weekend."

John McKee
McKee bring Fiji to Twickenham looking to cause a shock. Getty Images

John McKee: "The first game of November is always difficult. We are trying to bring in a lot of knowledge in a very short time and it didn't pay off for us in that game. The disappointment in the performance is hurting a little bit but we learnt a lot from that game which will make us better this week.

"What Eddie has done is go back to the core of their game and they are very clear about the way they need to play the game to win games. Eddie has got a very smart backroom coaching staff and they certainly come up with good gameplans to play each team.

I think the big change there is probably the focus on how they play the game and what they need to do to win games. That's paid off for them so far. But Saturday is another day. If we can play our game and impose our game against England then it will be an even ball game."