Rugby Union news

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Eddie Jones has backed Ben Te'o to make a big impact after being included in England's starting XV to face Italy.

England centre Jonathan Joseph has been dropped from the squad that will face Italy in Sunday's Six Nations clash.

England scrum coach Neal Hatley says Mako Vunipola will start on the bench against Italy as he is still lacking match fitness.

Number eight Taulupe Faletau admits he faces a battle to regain his Wales starting spot for Saturday's Six Nations game with Scotland.

Saracens prop Mako Vunipola is nearing a return to Six Nations action after being named in the 28-man England training squad this week.

Scotland have been handed positive injury news with six players passed fit ahead of Saturday's showdown with Wales at Murrayfield.

Billy Vunipola hands England a blow by admitting that he is unlikely to recover from a knee injury to play in the Six Nations.

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