Lancaster sticks to winning formula

England have named an unchanged starting XV for Saturday's must-win Six Nations clash against Italy in Rome.

Coach Stuart Lancaster has backed the same side that started against Wales last week. The only change to the match-day squad sees Manu Tuilagi named on the bench in place of Alex Goode.

For England to secure the Six Nations title, they will need to beat Italy emphatically enough to overcome a 49-points difference, or that France defeat Ireland in Paris.

England – 15 Mike Brown, 14 Jack Nowell, 13 Luther Burrell, 12 Billy Twelvetrees, 11 Jonny May, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Danny Care, 8 Ben Morgan, 7 Chris Robshaw (c), 6 Tom Wood, 5 Courtney Lawes, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 David Wilson, 2 Dylan Hartley, 1 Joe Marler.
Subs: 16 Tom Youngs, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Henry Thomas, 19 Dave Attwood, 20 Tom Johnson, 21 Lee Dickson, 22 George Ford, 23 Manu Tuilagi.

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