Sunday 17 November 2019

England set to stick with winning midfield

Eddie Jones. Photo: AP
Eddie Jones. Photo: AP

Eddie Jones is prepared to stick with the midfield combination that ended New Zealand's reign of dominance at the Rugby World Cup.

George Ford is likely to keep his place at fly-half alongside Owen Farrell, with Manu Tuilagi at outside centre.

One other change being considered is whether to start Courtney Lawes in the second-row alongside Maro Itoje or to bring in George Kruis.

Jonny May and Kyle Sinckler look set to retain their places in the squad, though their fitness will be managed over the coming days and there are thought to be no fears over the fitness of captain Farrell, despite the playmaker sustaining a leg injury in the semi-final.

Meanwhile, Jerome Garces will referee Saturday's final (9.0am) at International Stadium, Yokohama.

Garces becomes the first Frenchman to take charge of the global showpiece after seeing off the challenge of Wales' Nigel Owens - who was ruled out of officiating due to a calf injury - for the role.

The 46-year-old has overseen 55 Tests including 10 World Cup games to make him one of the game's most experienced officials.

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