Cokanasiga out of England squad to face Scotland

Eddie Jones defends shock omission of Joe Cokanasiga for Scotland game

Jones says he will protect Cokanasiga from hype

It still grates the England coach how the Scots celebrated their win in this fixture past year at Murrayfield.

Jones added: "It's never one thing". They built into the game.

'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?

"Those records aren't in our minds at all", Scotland flanker Magnus Bradbury said. "And he'll feature heavily in our warm-up games for the World Cup".

England can still win the title if they beat Scotland in the 1700GMT kickoff but need Ireland to win in Cardiff earlier on Saturday to prevent a Welsh Grand Slam.

And it was slick passing and clever lines that opened England up in the 48th minute, the backs interchanging wonderfully until Graham jinked his way over in the left corner.

Cokanasiga was a standout performer on his full tournament debut as England overpowered Italy, but the Bath wing does not even make the bench on this occasion as Jack Nowell returns.

Cokanasiga is not out of the picture, though, with Jones expecting the 21-year-old to play a crucial role when England travel to Japan later this year.

England coach Eddie Jones says he will protect Joe Cokanasiga from media hyperbole after leaving the wing out of the squad to face Scotland. It's going to take some digging deep into the team psyche but I think it's a good lesson for us before the World Cup. "He'll be ready by the World Cup".

The hosts thought they had scored again, in the 19th minute, but TV replays showed Ben Youngs had knocked on. "We'll bring him through carefully and he's got a long career ahead of him". We've experienced this at least three times in 12 months, where we've taken control of a game, let our foot off the gas and then been unable to get control of it back.

England had started by far the stronger of the two sides, and just over a minute was on the clock when Jack Nowell weaved his way inside from the touchline to dot down after brilliant play from Exeter teammate Henry Slade.

Starting number nine Ben Youngs will become England's most capped scrum-half on Saturday, overtaking Danny Care with his 85th outing.

The Scots, whose only won has been against Italy in the opening round, made six changes in personnel after losing to Wales 18-11 last weekend.

And visiting coach Townsend admitted afterwards that the second-half display from his side was beyond any expectations he had at the break.

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