Rugby: Six Saracens in England team for World Cup semi-final
PUBLISHED: 09:09 24 October 2019 | UPDATED: 09:09 24 October 2019
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England head coach Eddie Jones has named six Saracens in his starting line-up for their World Cup semi-final against New Zealand on Saturday.
Owen Farrell will captain the side and play at inside centre, while number eight Billy Vunipola plays in his 50th Test match for England.
Mako Vunipola lines up in the front row alongside clubmate Jamie George, while Maro Itoje is named in the second row and Elliot Daly plays at full-back.
Another Saracens player, George Kruis is named on the bench, and Jones said: "Preparation has been good this week after a solid win against Australia.
"When you get to this stage of the World Cup it is all about focusing on being in the moment and getting yourself physically right.
"The squad has approached the game well with real maturity. It has helped having players here who have been on the Lions tour and played against New Zealand.
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"They have been involved in some of the biggest games in world rugby so this semi-final won't phase them.
"New Zealand is a great team, they have an impressive winning record since the last Rugby World Cup.
"Like any good team, you have to take away time and space from them and you have to find areas you can pressure them. We believe we have identified a number of areas where we can do that."
On Vunipola winning his 50th cap, Jones added: "It is a great achievement for Billy to reach 50 Test matches for England and something that is very special for the team.
"I know his family will be very proud of him and even more so to play the game alongside his brother Mako."
England: Daly, Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May, Ford, Youngs; M Vunipola, Georg, Sinckler, Itoje, Lawes, Curry, Underhill, B Vunipola. Replacements: Cowan-Dickie, Marler, Cole, Kruis, Wilson, Heinz, Slade, Joseph.