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Henry Slade on England’s new look under head coach Steve Borthwick as well as Marcus Smith being dropped to make way for Owen Farrell ahead of the Six Nations clash with Italy at Twickenham on Sunday afternoon

Last Updated: 11/23/23 1:42 pm

England outside center Henry Slade believes Steve Borthwick's side will only get better

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England outside center Henry Slade believes Steve Borthwick’s side will only get better

England outside center Henry Slade believes Steve Borthwick’s side will only get better

Henry Slade has warned England’s Six Nations rivals that Steve Borthwick’s side “will only get better” following their Twickenham defeat to Scotland last weekend.

England are looking to recover from the Calcutta Cup defeat in the first round as their Six Nations campaign continues against Italy on Sunday.

Head coach Borthwick has highlighted the role Slade’s return to the squad has played in unlocking his midfield selection as Marcus Smith was dropped to accommodate Owen Farrell’s move from centre-back to midfield. shirt number 10.

The running skills provided by Slade at the age of 13 are a clear indication that the elite Exeter man will be a key cog in Borthwick’s England.

“I feel really excited about the match against Italy,” said Slade Sports sky. “A couple of weeks injured, it’s great to be back with the boys.

“We are disappointed with Scotland’s result. They played well but there are certainly things we can improve on.

“We’ve only just started as a team with new coaches coming in and we’ve got a lot of new things thrown at us but we’re only going to get better from here, so even though we I’m disappointed by the loss, we’re excited about how much work we have to do and how much we need to improve.”

Owen Farrell starts in fly position instead of Marcus Smith

Owen Farrell starts in fly position instead of Marcus Smith

With Ollie Lawrence providing Borthwick’s preferred carry option in the centre, Slade is excited about the new midfield.

He said: “I think we bring different strengths and we complement each other. He’s a big, powerful man and a distributor, so the way we use them both. His two strengths hope to be fine.

“He’s the guy that’s going to get us through the margins, while I’m probably someone who likes to get other people into the game on inside channels or wherever possible, so hopefully we I can use those options.”

And with Farrell starting in fly position instead of Smith, Slade said: “Well, he doesn’t have the jumps and jumps like Marcus Smith but in terms of how well they talk and they can give clear instructions how they want to do in attack and defense, there’s not too much difference in that respect.

“Farrell is a fantastic player so he’s very excited to be on the pitch and hopefully we can get the job done.

“No one wants to be left out but Marcus is a great guy, he’s got a good head and obviously a great talent but one of the most impressive things about him is his attitude towards him. everything and with life in general, so I’m sure he’ll take it in the best way.”

Slade is hoping for a 'fresh start' with England after 12 disappointing months

Slade is hoping for a ‘fresh start’ with England after 12 disappointing months

Discussing his own 12 months, Slade added: “It was obviously an uncomfortable period or missing the tour (in Australia) because of injury and then being benched in the Autumn so I hope that’s it. is a new beginning.

“New coaches have joined, a new start and a new competition. It’s my first game so I’m excited to start and there’s a lot of room to grow. We’re just getting started. And it was an exciting time.”

England looking for ‘very special’ Arundell to showcase his talent

Henry Arundell is likened to Jason Robinson by Owen Farrell

Henry Arundell is likened to Jason Robinson by Owen Farrell

He will launch the explosive wing of Henry Arundell from the bench at Twickenham on Sunday with instructions to break through the Italian defence.

The 20-year-old goal-scoring sensation, who earlier this week was likened by Farrell to Jason Robinson, has trained with England and is ready to add to his three caps for Australia in July.

Attacking coach Nick Evans said: “Henry is special, very special and I love watching him practice. Whenever he gets the ball he looks like he’s going to break a tackle. ball. He reacts instinctively.”

“When he gets a chance to get in, it’s all about getting him into space and creating as many confrontations with him as possible. Going against one is something he’s worked so hard on, That’s one of his superpowers.

“Henry is like all quality players, they can be untrainable in terms of how they perceive the game and how they react to certain situations.

“The most important thing is we want to give him the confidence to go out there and show what he does at club level and what he’s doing.

“We’re going to focus on the things that we feel he can improve on, but importantly we want him to go out there and show us why he’s there in the first place.

“Henry has just been injured but he has certainly taken the club shirt to England.

“Hopefully he’ll get a chance against Italy and we’ll try to give him the ball as much as we can.”

England: 15 Freddie Steward, 14 Max Malins, 13 Henry Slade, 12 Ollie Lawrence, 11 Ollie Hassell-Collins, 10 Owen Farrell, 9 Jack van Poortvliet; 1 Ellis Genge, 2 Jamie George, 3 Kyle Sinckler, 4 Ollie Chessum, 5 Maro Itoje, 6 Lewis Ludlam, 7 Jack Willis, 8 Alex Dombrandt

Replace: 16 Jack Walker, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Dan Cole, 19 Nick Isiekwe, 20 Ben Earl, 21 Alex Mitchell, 22 Marcus Smith, 23 Henry Arundell.

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