Sergio Parisse and Dylan Hartley
Sergio Parisse (left) and Dylan Hartley come face to face Getty Images

England look to continue their winning start to the Six Nations against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico in Rome on 14 February.

Where to watch

Italy vs England kicks off at 2pm (GMT) with live coverage available on ITV. Commentary is also on BBC Radio 5 Live.


England travel to Italy looking to build on the confidence-boosting victory against Scotland at Murrayfield that kicked off the Eddie Jones era. England's new head coach will have been pleased will the result in their Six Nations opener, but perhaps not overly-enthused by the performance.

The away side ran out 15-9 winners in a keenly-fought contest, and will be determined to make it back-to-back wins in the Italian capital. Jones will also be eager to put some of his new ideas into practice against the Six Nations outsiders.

Jones has made three changes for England. Courtney Lawes replaces Joe Launchbury at lock while loose-head prop Mako Vunipola and scrum-half Ben Youngs come in for Joe Marler and Danny Care respectively.

Italy, on the other hand, come into the match in Rome on the back of their narrow defeat against France in Paris. Jacques Brunel's men produced a sterling performance to push the hosts all of the way in the Stade de France (23-21), but it was not enough to avoid defeat.

Brunel has made one change from the team that was beaten in Paris, bringing in Luke McLean in place of David Odiete. England are sure to have taken note of Italy's impressive performance in their Six Nations opener and the hosts could well pose a sterner test to Jones' new-look team than the Scots.


Italy: 1. Andrea Lovotti, 2 Ornel Gega, 3. Lorenzo Cittadini, 4. George Fabio Biagi, 5. Marco Fuser, 6. Francesco Minto, 7. Alessandro Zanni, 8. Sergio Parisse, 9. Edoardo Gori, 10. Carlo Canna, 11. Mattia Bellini, 12. Gonzalo Garcia, 13. Michele Campagnaro, 14. Leonardo Sarto, 15. Luke McLean

Replacements: 16. Davide Giazzon, 17. Matteo Zanusso, 18. Martin Castrogiovanni, 19. Valerio Bernabo, 20. Abraham Steyn, 21. Guglielmo Palazzani, 22. Kelly Haimona, 23. Andrea Pratichetti

England: 1. Mako Vunipola, 2. Dylan Hartley (captain), 3. Dan Cole, 4. Courtney Lawes, 5. George Kruis, 6. Chris Robshaw, 7. James Haskell, 8. Billy Vunipola; 9. Ben Youngs, 10. George Ford, 11. Jack Nowell, 12. Owen Farrell, 13. Jonathan Joseph, 14. Anthony Watson, 15. Mike Brown

Replacements: 16. Jamie George, 17. Joe Marler, 18. Paul Hill, 19. Joe Launchbury, 20. Maro Itoje, 21. Jack Clifford, 22. Danny Care, 23. Alex Goode

What the coaches say

Jacques Brunel: "I expect the Italian team to show continuity in the style of play that I would like to play. That's it.

"To leave the image, the image of a team that has ... that is enterprising, that is attacking that is a generator of actions. That takes its responsibilities on the pitch. And all of this in the continuity of competition, because we have done it - but only occasionally."

Eddie Jones
Eddie Jones has made changes to his England team Getty Images

Eddie Jones: "We've made a few changes to the line-up for Italy. I believe this is the strongest 23 to go to Rome and get the performance and result we want. Mako, Ben and Courtney have been pushing hard for selection during training, but they also fit the game plan we want to implement against Italy.

"Danny, Joe Marler and Joe Launchbury will all have significant roles to play to finish the game."

"It has been an intense week of training and I am pleased with how the group have responded to some of the things we've asked them to do. We are confident we can go to Rome and win, but we're in no doubt of the challenge we face. Italy took France very close last weekend in Paris so they'll be fired up."