England vs Samoa | England will hope to keep up their ideal record at Twickenham under the direction of Eddie Jones when Samoa visit on Saturday.
The hosts have won 12 from 12 at the home of rugby since Jones assumed responsibility in November 2015 and are runaway top choices to broaden that record.
The England head mentor has named an England XV without Dylan Hartley out of the blue, while Alex Lozowski, Henry Slade and Ellis Genge are among those out to assert some authority for World Cup thought.
The match commences at Twickenham at 3pm on Saturday, November 25.
Television and live scope
Sky Sports Action will communicate the match live with develop from 2.30pm, while BBC Five Live Sports Extra will give scope on the radio.
Then again, you can take after live score refreshes with Standard Sport’s scoreboard blog!
England’s back-up players fighting for World Cup spots against Samoa
England will enter Saturday’s climax to the autumn series against Samoa without Dylan Hartley at the helm for the first time in a Test under Eddie Jones.England vs Samoa
Hartley has been selected on the bench to enable Jamie George, first choice hooker during the British and Irish Lions tour to New Zealand, to make his full debut as one of nine changes to the XV that toppled Australia 30-6.
George Ford and Chris Robshaw will co-captain England at Twickenham in Hartley’s absence, reprising the roles they played against the Barbarians in a non-cap international in May.
England XV: Brown; May, Slade, Lozowski, Daly; Ford, Care; Genge, George, Cole; Launchbury, Ewels; Itoje, Robshaw, Simmonds
Replacements: Hartley, Marler, Williams, Isiekwe, Lawes, Youngs, Francis, Rokoduguni.
Samoa XV: Tuala; Perez, Fonotia, Leiua, Lemi; Nanai-Williams, Polataivao; Lay, Matu’u, Brighouse; Tyrell, Vui; Faasalele, Ioane, Lam
Replacements: Leiataua, Lay, Sasagi, Lemalu, Treviranus, Matavao, Lee-Lo, Taulagi
Chances for squad players
Jones has named a matchday squad in which eight of the 23 players have five international caps or less, with the Australian saying he views the clash with Samoa as an opportunity to examine the strength of the playing options available to him. England vs Samoa
“We want to play better this week and this is a great opportunity to show the depth in the squad and the depth of leadership,” Jones said.
“We have a four-day turnaround in the World Cup and this game is a fantastic dress rehearsal for that.”
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Sam Simmonds comes in for his first England start, while Lozowski makes his second, and Ellis Genge and George have a great chance to prove their worth as starters ahead of next year’s Six Nations.
Forwards Harry Williams and Nick Isiekwe will be hoping for plenty of game time from the bench, as will backs Piers Francis and Semesa Rokoduguni. England vs Samoa
There is plenty of youth across the 23, but they will also understand the pressures of playing for Jones. None will want to be part of the first England side under Jones to lose at Twickenham, and all will want to prove they are capable of taking that record through 2018.
Which of the relatively inexperienced squad members will wrestle his way into a starting berth when England line up in Rome in the opening match of next year’s Six Nations Championship? England vs Samoa