Six Nations: Ben Youngs to be benched for upcoming match against Italy

Ben Youngs will start on the bench for Italy v England this Sunday...will he still be able to match Jason Leonard’s national record of 114 test caps?

England’s coach, Eddie Jones is contemplating benching Ben Youngs in the upcoming Six Nations match this Sunday. He could be replaced by Harry Randall. This decision is still unsure as we await the official line-up for match day.

The scrum-half

Harry Randall is Bristol’s scrum-half and may be set to start for England as they face Italy in Rome on Sunday. Randall was in the squad for the opening game against Scotland at Murrayfield but didn’t have a chance to play. After this defeat, Eddie Jones is keeping his options open for this Sunday’s squad. Randall has worked closely with this weekend’s first-choice fly-half Marcus Smith during training.

If Randall is chosen to start for England on Sunday, this could mean Ben Youngs may not be able to match Jason Leonard’s national record of test caps, if he is not played during the game. He may have to wait until England face Wales on February 26.

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Other changes

Other changes have been made to the team due to injury. Lewis Ludlam, who plays for Northampton, is out due to a rib injury. Jones’s choices are moving Nick Isiekwe to blindside and starting with Charlie Ewels with Maro Itoje.

To keep the other teams on their toes, Eddie Jones is choosing to announce his match-day squad at the last possible moment, meaning even the players are unsure of their positions until the last moment. The match-day squad will be announced at 11.30 am this morning.

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