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Youth, expertise or a little bit of each? At 2pm right this moment, Steve Borthwick names his England crew to tackle Italy in Rome and there are prone to be just a few contemporary faces within the matchday 23.

Yesterday, our rugby correspondent Daniel Schofield revealed that Fraser Dingwall will make his debut in midfield at inside centre alongside Henry Slade, whereas fly-half George Ford has been most well-liked to the uncapped Fin Smith, who should make do with a spot on the bench.

And, in maybe essentially the most stunning choice, Ethan Roots is ready to begin at blindside flanker alongside Sam Underhill and Ben Earl.

A former cage fighter, Roots represented New Zealand Maori however qualifies to play for England by his father who was born close to Reading. With Borthwick understood to be contemplating a spot on the bench for Welsh-born winger Immanuel Feyi-Waboso, there could possibly be 4 dual-qualified gamers in England’s matchday squad with each Dingwall and Smith having beforehand been on Scotland’s radar.

Roots, in the meantime, got here on to Borthwick’s radar because of Richard Hill, the 2003 World Cup-winning flanker and present crew supervisor.

“When we were in Le Touquet and I was walking through the dining room and saw Richard Hill at his computer watching the Premiership Rugby Cup games,” Borthwick mentioned of Roots when saying his squad for the Six Nations. “He pulled me over and said, ‘come and watch this player for the next two minutes’. I watched him with Hilly, and it was outstanding – the work-rate, physicality he brought to it. Hilly said to me there and then, ‘track this guy’. If Richard Hill tells me to track a back-row forward, I’m listening. He’s got some brain.”