What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?



Eddie Jones also called on his side to show aggression and courage against an Italian side who have lost their last 33 Six Nations matches, including last Sunday’s 37-10 defeat in France.

What is the match?

It is a chance for England to bounce straight back from their frustrating opening-round defeat to Scotland at Murrayfield last weekend by posting a convincing win in Rome.

When is Italy v England?

Sunday, Feb 13.

What time does Italy v England kick off?

3pm GMT.

What TV channel is Italy v England on?

ITV.

Six Nations 2022 full fixtures

Who is the referee for Italy v England?

  • Referee: Damon Murphy (RA)
  • Assistant Referee 1: Andrew Brace (IRFU)
  • Assistant Referee 2: TBC
  • OMT: Brian MacNeice (IRFU)

Latest Six Nations squad news

Leicester loose forward Ollie Chessum is in line to make his England debut against Italy after being retained in Eddie Jones’s 27-man squad.

Courtney Lawes remains absent from the squad as he goes through the return-to-play protocols from a concussion that he suffered playing for Northampton against Ulster on January 16. Tom Curry will continue to captain England in Lawes’ absence.

Lawes has begun running and lifting weights but has yet to resume full-contact training with head coach Jones maintaining that his “welfare is paramount.”

His absence, together with that of Northampton flanker Lewis Ludlam, who suffered a rib injury in the 20-17 defeat to Scotland, has opened the door for the uncapped Chessum to come into the squad, which has 16 forwards including nine front-rowers. That effectively guarantees Chessum, whom Jones has compared to Lawes for his ability to cover lock and blindside flanker, a spot on the bench at the very least. To start at blindside, Jones could also turn to Nick Isiewke, with Charlie Ewels coming into the second row, or Alex Dombrandt, who is normally a specialist No 8.

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Jones has added Newcastle wing Adam Radwan to his backline options. Given the struggles of England’s attack to convert territory into points, there had been a suggestion that Jones would look to reshuffle his backs by bringing in a direct running center such as Mark Atkinson. However, after calling for England to “light up Rome” with their attack, Jones has kept faith in the same group of players with the addition of Radwan, the electric Newcastle Falcon.

England squad to face Italy

Forwards: J Blamire (Newcastle), O Chessum, (Leicester), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), T Curry (Sale), A Dombrandt (Harlequins), C Ewels (Bath), E Genge (Leicester), J George ( Saracens), J Heyes (Leicester), M Itoje (Saracens), N Isiekwe (Saracens), J Marler (Harlequins), B Rodd (Sale), S Simmonds (Exeter), K Sinckler (Bristol), W Stuart (Bath) .

Backs: E Daly (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester), M Malins (Saracens), J Marchant (Harlequins), J Nowell (Exeter), A Radwan (Newcastle), H Randall (Bristol), H Slade (Exeter), M Smith (Harlequins), F Steward (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester).

What happened in this fixture in 2021?

England 41 Italy 18

By Gavin Mairs

The ‘Mayfly’ entered rugby’s lexicon at Twickenham as once again England looked to Jonny May to supply their attacking brio with a spectacular airborne finish.

The victory also came at a cost, with Jack Willis suffering a horrific injury to his left knee in the second half, just minutes after the elation of scoring a try following his introduction from the bench. It was a cruel blow to the Wasps back-row forward, who missed the majority of the 2018/19 season after suffering an ACL rupture to his right knee.

England scored six tries in all – with May’s taking him second in England’s all-time try-scorers list above Will Greenwood and Ben Cohen.

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What are they saying?

England are a shambles of leadership – what exactly does Eddie Jones have to do to be sacked?

By James Corrigan

What would it take for Eddie Jones to be sacked? Perhaps the England coach would need to run on in the final moments and ankle-tap Marcus Smith just as the outside-half was in motion for the game’s winning try?

Actually scrap that, as Jones seemed actively to work against his side in those last 17 minutes at Murrayfield. A series of shambolic decisions that can all be too easily traced back to the very top contrived to allow gallant Scotland to grab home hero status. And not a murmur of a P45 from HQ.

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