FORM REWARDED: Ben Te'o is a likely starter for England against Italy on the weekend.
FORM REWARDED: Ben Te'o is a likely starter for England against Italy on the weekend. FACUNDO ARRIZABALAGA

Te'o to start for England in Six Nations

RUGBY UNION: Code swapper Ben Te'o will make his first start for Eddie Jones' England in the weekend's Six Nations match against Italy at Twickenham.

Jones dropped Jonathan Joseph from his 24-man squad for Sunday's (Monday AEDT) game, suggesting that the Auckland-born former rugby league back-rower would start at inside centre.

Another former rugby league star Owen Farrell, who is set to win his 50th cap for England, is in contention at five-eighth inside a midfield partnership of Te'o and Elliot Daly.

Te'o, 30, who played State of Origin rugby league for Queensland, was strong when coming off the bench against France and Wales, while Daly has been among England's best backs since breaking into the starting side last autumn.

Anthony Watson is poised to appear in an England match-day squad for the first time since the June tour to Australia after recovering from the hamstring injury he suffered last month.

Watson is seen as a possible long-term replacement for Mike Brown at fullback.

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