Lancaster to stick with Cardiff winners

Date published: February 9 2015

Stuart Lancaster is planning to stick with largely the same team that beat Wales when England host Italy this weekend.

The English overcame a 10-0 deficit to eventually run out 21-16 winners in Cardiff, getting their Six Nations campaign off to a dream start.

That was despite the absences of a number of key starters, but Kyle Eastmond, Brad Barritt and Geoff Parling are all back in contention to feature against the Azzurri.

However despite those returns, Lancaster admits he's unlikely to make many changes in personnel, with those who featured at the Millennium Stadium having stepped up when needed.

"Off the back of that performance I'll be surprised if there are too many changes," he said.

"We haven't made the selection yet, so we'll give one or two guys the chance to put their hands up in training, but we are trying to get some consistency.

"The pressure is still on against Italy, but in a different way.

"For long periods of time the Ireland-Italy game was very close and it was the same when Italy played South Africa in November.

"So we need to be prepared and ready, and we need to show the same attention to detail that we did going into the Wales game."