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Sunday 17 December 2017

England boss Stuart Lancaster to reward heroics

England are set to name an unchanged team for Saturday's Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham despite the likely return of Brad Barritt, Kyle Eastmond and Geoff Parling.

Head coach Stuart Lancaster is ready to reward the starting XV for their heroics in dispatching Wales 21-16 in Cardiff on Friday night by retaining them en masse against the Azzurri.

The only potential change will come among the replacements, where Geoff Parling could provide specialist lock cover at the expense of Nick Easter or Tom Croft if he proves his fitness by Tuesday.

"The reality is that a lot of the team did play very well against Wales and I wouldn't envisage too many - if any - changes," said Lancaster.

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