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England roar but sweat on Youngs injury

England roar but sweat on Youngs injury”

Shortly after, Youngs went down with what looked like a nasty knee injury after his left leg appeared to get trapped in the ruck.

England would also name as replacement on Monday, officials said.

Immediately after the match on Sunday, England coach Eddie Jones said: "It looks like a ligament injury".

At the same time he must now brace himself for the possibility of spending the rest of the Championship without Ben Youngs, whose nasty-looking knee injury clouded an otherwise attractive sunny afternoon in the Eternal City.

Eddie Jones' side had a seven-point lead at half-time courtesy of an Anthony Watson brace and one for Owen Farrell - which he also converted.

"Great to get @EnglandRugby #6Nations off to a winning start".

Jones has tried to play down England's chances, even though he can still call upon the likes of fly-half Owen Farrell, by installing Ireland, who inflicted the only defeat so far on his Red Rose record when denying them a second straight Grand Slam in Dublin last March, as Six Nations favourites.

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Normal service was resumed six minutes later, though, Farrell bursting through a gap to go under the posts and successfully converting for the first time as Italy's fragile defence was breached a little too easily once again, but an Allan penalty reduced the deficit to 17-10 at halt-time. "I don't think we have scrummed that well since I've been in charge of England".

Beating the All Blacks remains the real acid test but a hat-trick of Six Nations successes, a feat that has not been achieved before, would do just nicely this spring.

England scored four tries in the final half an hour with Sam Simmonds scoring his first just moments after Tommaso Boni had a try disallowed that would have brought Italy to within three points with a conversion.

Showed his finishers' instinct for both his tries, particularly the second when he combined acceleration and power to change gears and resist a no-arms tackle to score.

After 24 in succession, England victories over Italy could be defined as something of a formality.

"We've got a fantastic squad that have all prepared really well", said Jones. "We always knew it was going to be a tough game, they played exceptionally well and full credit to Italy ... it was a good tough game of rugby and we ran away with it in the end".

But England floored the hosts with three quick tries in the closing minutes from Ford, Simmonds and Nowell to seal an emphatic victory.

"We've made a decision to give Ben Te'o a run at 13, but JJ (Jonathan Joseph) is unlucky not to start but will play a significant role as a finisher".



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