Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype

Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype

Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype

Joe Cokanasiga is bound for the World Cup after Eddie Jones claimed the giant wing is capable of becoming a Test centurion despite his shock exclusion from England's clash with Scotland.

"He's going to feature very strongly in our plans for the future but we just feel this week that Jack Nowell is our best player in that position, and we feel Ben Te'o can do some good work for us off the bench, so Joe becomes our 24th man".

"He (Cokanasiga) is a young player and we don't need to rush him". They are always at you, they play with a lot of enthusiasm and effort and have got a lot of attacking strings to their bow.

Jones said leaving the four-times capped Cokanasiga out completely was all part of his plan for the 21-year-old's future development ahead of this year's World Cup in Japan.

"We've got a good plan in place for him", Jones said. "And he'll feature heavily in our warm-up games for the World Cup".

"I don't need to fast-track him". I've got some reasonable experience doing this. 'When they're blown up to be something they're not, it's hard for them, so that's part of it. Joe's a very good kid, but the media can turn anyone's head.' So, how had Cokanasiga taken the news of his demotion?

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"Sometimes you push young guys forward and sometimes you've got to pull them back". Jones's handling of this precious talent was endorsed by England captain Owen Farrell, who noted similarities with how he handled another much-hyped youngster. "I remember he did it a little bit with Maro and he turned out all right", he said. "I am sure he will do the shirt great justice".

Despite scoring a double against Italy, Brad Shields has been assigned the role of a finisher with Mark Wilson starting at blindside flanker while Ben Moon replaces Ellis Genge at loosehead prop with the latter joining the reserves.

Ben Youngs will make his 85th appearance to surpass the England record for a scrum-half held by Danny Care.

Scotland have not won at Twickenham since 1983 and, after winning their opening game of this year's Six Nations against Italy, they lost their next three amid a lengthy injury list.

Elsewhere Henry Slade returns in the centres to partner Manu Tuilagi.

Jones said there was nothing planned in terms of watching the earlier game.

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