Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones Hints at Changes as Sale Star Is Drafted In

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Jones Hints at Changes as Sale Star Is Drafted In

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EDDIE Jones has hinted England might make changes for Sunday's Six Nations clash with Italy in Rome after naming Sale's Josh Beaumont in his 25-man squad.

The Red Rose began 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 the pace and power of Beaumont and Saracens forward Maro Itoje, the only new additions to his squad.

"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. …

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