England make five changes for Fiji

10:03 AM GMT

England have made five changes ahead of Fiji with Jonathan Joseph, Alex Goode, Semesa Rokoduguni and Teimana Harrison all starting while Elliot Daly shifts to the wing.

Eddie Jones delayed the team announcement to Friday as he monitored the fitness of Billy Vunipola, Nathan Hughes and Daly but all three are passed fit to feature at Twickenham on Saturday.

Daly, who started at outside centre against the Springboks, moves to the wing where he is joined by Rokoduguni and Goode in the back three while Mike Brown, Jonny May and Marland Yarde miss out. Joseph starts at outside centre.

In the back-row Harrison comes in at openside while Hughes is named on the bench with Billy Vunipola starting at No.8.

Both were doubts heading into the match with Hughes nursing a lower leg injury and Vunipola upper body soreness, according to the RFU.

Henry Slade is included on the bench while Charlie Ewels could make his debut if given the nod from the replacements.

“We’ve picked a side to beat Fiji,” England boss Eddie Jones said. “Every Test match is an opportunity for us to keep improving and to increase the depth of the squad.

“We’ve made a few changes from last week and those players have a great chance to put their best foot forward and make the team better.

“England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously.

“They bring flair and an unbridled enthusiasm to move the ball at pace, with running skills — if the game becomes unstructured they can be a very dangerous team. They’ll come to Twickenham with no fear and hungry to cause an upset.

“While we were satisfied with last week’s result against South Africa, there was plenty to improve on. We want a much more complete performance on Saturday – we want to be in total control of the game and tidy-up the things we didn’t do well enough last weekend.”

England:

Alex Goode, Semesa Rokoduguni, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Mako Vunipola, Dylan Hartley (captain), Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Chris Robshaw, Teimana Harrison, Billy Vunipola

Replacements: Jamie George, Joe Marler, Kyle Sinckler, Charlie Ewels, Nathan Hughes, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Henry Slade

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