Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Preparing to Shuffle Pack

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Jones Preparing to Shuffle Pack

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EDDIE Jones has hinted England might make changes for Sunday's RBS 6 Nations clash with Italy in Rome.

The Red Rose opened the Championship with a 15-9 victory over Scotland at Murrayfield and, alongside France, are one of only two teams still capable of winning the Grand Slam.

Jack Clifford made his debut off the bench in Edinburgh and head coach Jones may add pace up front in anticipation of the playing conditions at the Stadio Olimpico. "We'll pick the best 23 for Italy so we could conceivably pick a faster pack. It's our next game. All I'm worried about is Italy," Jones said.

Italy were edged 23-21 by France in Saturday's Six Nations opener against France in a match that ended with loose forward Sergio Parisse snatching at a last-gasp drop-goal.

"Italy have some young players and they traditionally play that European style of game, heavily focused around their eight and nine, their marquee players," Jones (pictured) said.

"The half-back Edoardo Gori is an outstanding player. …

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