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Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype

March 15, 2019 4:29 am

England coach Eddie Jones says he will protect Joe Cokanasiga from media hyperbole after leaving the wing out of the squad to face Scotland.

Cokanasiga, 21, was named man of the match in the 57-14 win over Italy, with his power and pace drawing comparisons to All Black great Jonah Lomu.

Jones says the comparison was “rubbish conversation” earlier in the week.

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Jack Nowell replaces Cokanasiga on the wing.

If Ireland secure a bonus-point victory over Wales and England fail to score four tries in a win over Scotland, the two teams would be level on points at the top of the Six Nations table.

However, England’s points difference, currently +83 compared to Ireland’s +19, would be enough to secure the title, barring an improbable scoreline in Cardiff.

Wales will lift the title if they beat Ireland, with three bonus points awarded for completing a Grand Slam.

England will take on Scotland at 5am on Sunday.

Meanwhile, Italy battles France at 12.30am while Wales to meet Ireland at 2.45am Sunday.

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