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New-look England to face Fiji

November 18, 2016

England's team to face Fiji in the second Old Mutual Autumn International at Twickenham tomorrow (November 19th) is much-changed from the team that beat South Africa, as Eddie Jones seeks to give his fringe players more experience.

Semesa Rokoduguni, Alex Goode and Teimana Harrison will all start, with Fiji-born Bath wing Rokoduguni earning his second international cap two years after his first.

Teimana Harrison is the one change to the pack, while Goode will start at full-back. Jonathan Joseph is also back in the side at outside centre, with Elliot Daly switching to the wing.

Lock Charlie Ewels will be hoping to earn his first cap, but he starts on the replacements bench. Also among the replacements are Nathan Hughes, Exeter Chiefs back Henry Slade and Worcester Warriors centre Ben Te'o.

Discussing the match, head coach Eddie Jones said he believed this was a team that should beat Fiji.

He remarked: "England at Twickenham is the game Fiji will have targeted on their tour. They are one of the iconic rugby nations of the world and we respect them enormously.

"They bring flair and an unbridled enthusiasm to move the ball at pace with running skills - if the game becomes unstructured they can be very a dangerous team. They’ll come to Twickenham with no fear and hungry to cause an upset."

Jones added that while last weekend's victory over South Africa brought satisfaction, there was still much work to do to improve the team's performances, and he anticipates a tidier display against the Pacific islanders.

Fans booking corporate hospitality for England's opening home match of the 2017 Six Nations against France on February 4th may be watching closely to see how the less experienced players perform, as some may win a regular starting berth in the side. Others may be first in line to be called upon in the event of injuries.

The match will be the first involving a British side against a rugby team from Fiji since the Olympic sevens final in Rio, when Fiji made their first ever Olympic medal a gold one with a superb 43-7 victory.

Fans enjoying the corporate hospitality facilities this year and next could experience something even better from autumn 2018, after the Rugby Football Union announced that the East Stand is to be extended.

The project will leave the inside of the ground untouched, but will add 10,750 sq ft of space at the back, providing more room for corporate hospitality facilities, catering and conferences.

It is subject to planning permission and interested parties will be able to attend public consultation meetings at the venue on May 31st and June 4th next year.

Already the largest dedicated rugby stadium in the world with a capacity of 82,000, Twickenham has been upgraded and improved many times down the years since its first ever match back on 1909. This latest enhancement in spectator facilities will mean those seeking to enjoy a day at the rugby in luxurious conditions will be in for even more of a treat.

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