The second match for both England and Italy of the 2021 Six Nations championship kicks off today at Twickenham. Both sides lost their opening matches – to Scotland and France respectively – so will be hoping to bounce back.
Italy, however, have never beaten England – and they are on a Six Nations losing streak of 28 matches, last winning in round three of the 2015 tournament, beating Scotland.
A trip to London to face a wounded England is hardly the most ideal of settings to try and kick the losing habit, but Italy will arrive in the English capital with very little to lose.
When is England v Italy?
Saturday, February 13.
What time is kick-off today?
The match will start at 2.15pm GMT.
What TV channel is it on – how can I watch live?
ITV will broadcast this fixture live, as they have the rights to all of England’s home matches. The Telegraph will also be bringing you live coverage throughout the game.
What is the team news?
England have turned to George Ford to ignite their Guinness Six Nations title defence after restoring him at fly-half and moving Owen Farrell to inside centre for Saturday’s clash with Italy.
Ford was dropped for the Calcutta Cup debacle against Scotland but is reinstated with Eddie Jones resisting calls to axe Farrell, who disappointed in the 11-6 defeat that opened their Championship.
Ollie Lawrence has been jettisoned from the 23 altogether to make room for Farrell despite having to wait until the 63rd minute to make his first carry against the Scots.
Otherwise the backline remains unchanged and is identical to the one fielded for the Autumn Nations Cup final, when France were edged in sudden death.
Jones has performed more extensive surgery up-front where props Kyle Sinckler and Mako Vunipola return from suspension and injury respectively, displacing Will Stuart and Ellis Genge to the bench.
They start as part of an all-new front row that includes hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie with Jamie George surprisingly demoted to the replacements.
The second row partnership of Maro Itoje and Jonny Hill are retained, but Courtney Lawes is chosen at blindside flanker in place of Mark Wilson, who is left out of the squad altogether.
Jones has opted for a six-two split on the bench with Jack Willis joining flanker Ben Earl and lock Charlie Ewels among the reinforcements.