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Jones makes sweeping changes for England against Ireland

England have dropped George Ford and moved Owen Farrell to fly-half for their NatWest 6 Nations clash with Ireland at Twickenham.

Dylan Hartley has recovered from a tight calf to lead the team in Saturday's final round of the Championship, but his front row colleague Dan Cole has been replaced by Kyle Sinckler.

Eddie Jones has performed significant surgery on the team that lost 22-16 to France, with Danny Care and Joe Launchbury making way for Richard Wigglesworth and George Kruis.

Anthony Watson retains his place at full-back with Mike Brown confined to the bench for another week.

There is a new-look midfield partnership of Ben Te'o and Jonathan Joseph, who returns at outside centre, and Elliot Daly has recovered from his foot problem to start on the left wing.

Injuries to Nathan Hughes and Courtney Lawes see Sam Simmonds and James Haskell start at number eight and openside flanker.

For more on this story head to our dedicated 6 Nations website.

England must explain tunnel fracas involving Farrell

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England must explain the tunnel fracas involving Owen Farrell at Murrayfield on Saturday following a request for clarification by Six Nations Rugby.

The Rugby Football Union and its Scottish counterparts have been asked to provide their accounts of the scuffle that took place shortly before Eddie Jones' men were defeated 25-13 in a pulsating Calcutta Cup match.

Television footage appears to show a clash between Farrell, England's inside centre, and Scotland number eight Ryan Wilson that ended when they were pulled apart by team-mates.

The incident unfolded as the players left the pitch and entered the tunnel upon completion of their warm-ups.

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England's Itoje will return from injury for Six Nations

Itoje had been injured playing for his club side Harlequins earlier this month. Credit: PA

Maro Itoje will be available for the start of England's Six Nations title defence after Saracens revealed he faces a maximum of four more weeks in rehabilitation.

Itoje required surgery on a fractured jaw sustained in the 20-19 defeat at Harlequins on December 3, resulting in two plates being inserted into his face and raising the alarm that he may not be fit to face Italy on February 4.

But a visit to the specialist offered a diagnosis of up to six weeks in the treatment room, pointing to a return for the final two rounds of Saracens' Champions Cup group campaign against the Ospreys and Northampton.

"Maro is probably three or four weeks away. He went to see the specialist who said a maximum of six weeks and he's already done a week and a half," director of rugby Mark McCall said.

Itoje, a Test British and Irish Lion, departed in the 48th minute at Twickenham Stoop following a collision with England team-mate Mike Brown.

The world player of the year nominee was given a reduced role in the autumn series due to Eddie Jones' desire to manage his workload, missing the opener against Argentina, playing as a replacement for the visit of Australia before starting against Samoa.

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England name team to face Samoa

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England team to play Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday, November 25, 3pm KO:

M Brown (Harlequins); J May (Leicester Tigers), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), A Lozowski (Saracens), E Daly (Wasps), G Ford (Leicester Tigers, co-captain), D Care (Harlequins), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens 19), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), M Itoje (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins, co-captain), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs).

Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), N Isiekwe (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), S Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby).

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