England scrum-half Youngs in doubt for rest of 6 Nations

England rugby star Chris Robshaw

Fitness, however, will not make such a marked difference against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday, but it must be noted that Jones's obvious counterpoint to not experimenting further is that he wanted his side battle-hardened for the visit of Warren Gatland's side.

Though the dogged Azzurri proved to the doubters that they are closing the gap on their tournament rivals thanks to scores from Tomamaso Benevenuti and Mattia Bellini.

Te'o, who hasn't played for England in a year, has been out since October with an ankle injury but has recovered to start at outside centre ahead of Jonathan Joseph and alongside Owen Farrell in midfield.

Italy were given time to catch their breath during a lengthy delay as Youngs was treated before being carted off with a knee injury, but they were caught cold when the rapid Watson darted away for a second score.

Jones was delighted with the impact Simmonds made in his tournament bow after watching his side start the defence of their title with a bonus-point win.

Simmonds then added his own second with another break through the Italy line with four minutes left.

England rugby star Chris Robshaw
GETTYThe Rugby World Cup in 2015 was an extremely painful one for Chris Robshaw

Ben Youngs is preferred to Danny Care at scrum-half, while Sam Simmonds is at number eight and uncapped prop Alec Hepburn is among the replacements.

"It was great for Alec Hepburn to come on for his first Test, he would have enjoyed being part of a dominant scrum, having his mate Harry Williams on the other side", said Jones. It's hard, hard, hard as our group contributed massively to the game, and we're sure of where we're going.

Nowell added: "For Simmo to play as well as he did - he has been doing that for us all season at Exeter - for him to put an England shirt on and show what he is about on a big stage is awesome".

"They played exceptionally well", England head coach Eddie Jones said.

"He has so much gas he does his speed work with the backs. He's a great discovery for us and gives us great options at number eight".

But the home support still recognise the development of the sport despite not witnessing a win at Olympic Stadium in 13 matches, since surprising Ireland in March 2013. But the scoreline perhaps didn't reflect what we saw on the pitch. We know it's step by step. I hate sitting here at the moment because we have lost, but in terms of where this team is going and what we are creating it is a step forward. But we are making it. "I think we have a better foundation than people understand in our game".

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