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England Names Same Squad That Won Opening 6 Nations Game to Face Italy

England rugby coach Stuart Lancaster won’t change any of the 22 players who defeated Scotland last week for the 6 Nations match against Italy in two days.

The same starting 15 and bench -- which included seven players making their first England appearance -- will travel to Rome. England, the defending champion, beat Scotland 13-6 on Feb. 4, and Italy lost to France 30-12.

France will host Ireland in the second game on Feb. 11, while Wales takes on Scotland in Cardiff the following day.

15 Ben Foden (Northampton Saints)
14 Chris Ashton (Northampton Saints)
13 Brad Barritt (Saracens)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens)
11 David Strettle (Saracens)
10 Charlie Hodgson (Saracens)
9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
1 Alex Corbisiero (London Irish)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4 Mouritz Botha (Saracens)
5 Tom Palmer (Stade Francais)
6 Tom Croft (Leicester Tigers)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins, capt)
8 Phil Dowson (Northampton Saints)
Replacements
16 Rob Webber (London Wasps)*
17 Matt Stevens (Saracens)
18 Geoff Parling (Leicester Tigers)
19 Ben Morgan (Scarlets)
20 Lee Dickson (Northampton Saints)
21 Jordan Turner-Hall (Harlequins)
22 Mike Brown (Harlequins)

*Uncapped

Joe Simpson (London Wasps) and Joe Marler (Harlequins) will
travel as reserves.

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