England keep the faith

Date published: February 10 2015

England head coach Stuart Lancaster has named an unchanged matchday squad for Saturday’s Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

The 23 players will re-assemble at Pennyhill Park on Wednesday, with the starting XV and replacements announced on Thursday.

“We’ll name the team on Thursday but we’ve gone for the same squad that played against Wales as we look to build consistent performances,” said Lancaster.

“There are many players pushing hard for selection and we are looking forward to watching their club games this weekend.”

Forwards: Dave Attwood, Kieran Brookes, Nick Easter, Dan Cole, Tom Croft, Dylan Hartley, James Haskell, George Kruis, Joe Marler. Chris Robshaw (c), Billy Vunipola, Mako Vunipola, Tom Youngs

Backs: Mike Brown, Luther Burrell, Danny Cipriani, George Ford, Jonathan Joseph, Jonny May, Billy Twelvetrees, Anthony Watson, Richard Wigglesworth, Ben Youngs