Billy Vunipola starts on the bench for England’s Six Nations clash against Scotland

Billy Vunipola starts on the bench against Scotland (Photo: Getty Images Europe)

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England will unleash Billy Vunipola off the bench when England play Scotland at Twickenham on Saturday.

At stake is a share of the world record of 19 successive wins, held by New Zealand, as well as the chance to move within one victory of back-to-back Grand Slams.

Jones makes three changes to his line-up with Jonathan Joseph, Jack Nowell and Ben Youngs returning after being benched for the game against Italy.

Vunipola joins brother Mako on the bench – suggesting Jones was playing games when leaving out a team sheet at training which had Big Billy starting at No.8.

Jones said: “We’re focused on ourselves; we want to give our fans a really good performance. We’ve worked hard in this RBS 6 Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner.”

Joe Marler wins his 50th cap and Jones added: “I’ve coached a lot of good players and he is certainly one of the best.”

A general view of tactic boards during at Pennyhill Park (Photo: PA Wire)
Vunipola joins his brother Mako waiting in the wings

England match-day 23 to face Scotland

15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 58 caps)

14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 21 caps)

13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 31 caps)

12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 50 caps)

11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 11 caps)

10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 33 caps)

9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 68 caps)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 49 caps)

2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 82 caps)

3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 72 caps)

4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 40 caps)

5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 56 caps)

6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 10 caps)

7. James Haskell (Wasps, 73 caps)

8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 6 caps)

Eddie Jones has shuffled his pack (Photo: Getty Images Europe)


16. Jamie George (Saracens, 15 caps)

17. Mako Vunipola (Saracens, 40 caps)

18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 6 caps)

19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 48 caps)

20. Billy Vunipola (vice captain, Saracens 32 caps)

21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 69 caps)

22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 6 caps)

23. Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby, 24 caps)

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