England name Six Nations team to face Scotland: Billy Vunipola returns to bench

England rugby player Billy Vunipola and Nathan HughesGETTY

Nathan Hughes will start ahead of Billy Vunipola for England against Scotland in the Six Nations

England had made a number of changes to the backline ahead of the game against Italy with Danny Care, Ben Te’o and James Haskell all coming into the starting line-up.

Italy attempted to end England’s unbeaten run by employing the unusual tactic of refusing to contest rucks, allowing them to disrupt Care’s distribution.

But after trailing at half-time, the defending Six Nations champions recovered with six tries in total to win 36-15.

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Nevertheless, Eddie Jones has elected to restore Ben Youngs, Jack Nowell and Jonathan Joseph to the side while Billy Vunipola seals his return to the bench having spent more than three months on the sidelines with a knee injury.

The England coach was said to have accidentally revealed his squad earlier this week when two tactical whiteboards were snapped at the Pennyhill Park training base.

England rugby player Ben YoungsGETTY

Ben Youngs has been restored to the England team after coming off the bench against Italy

However, forwards coach Steve Borthwick insisted that the teams were just a routine part of practice and that England work in a number of different combinations throughout the week.

And it proved the case as Vunipola, who appeared to have been rushed back into the back row, was named on the bench as opposed to the starting XV.

“Our preparation for Scotland has been very good,” said Jones.

“We had two excellent training runs in Oxford last week and followed that up this week.

“We’re focused on ourselves – we want to give our fans a really good performance.

“We’ve worked hard in this Six Nations and feel like a good performance is just around the corner.”

England rugby player Jonathan JosephGETTY

Jonathan Joseph has been recalled to the England side after missing the Italy clash entirely

England team to face Scotland in the Six Nations

England: Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, James Haskell, Nathan Hughes.

Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Wood, Billy Vunipola, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Anthony Watson.

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