Six Nations 2014: Manu Tuilagri returns as England named unchanged XV

Six Nations 2014: England head coach Stuart Lancaster sticks with the same side which beat Wales 29-18 last Sunday

Stuart Lancaster has named an unchanged England starting line-up to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico on Saturday.

The Red Rose head coach has rewarded his players for their outstanding performance in a 29-18 victory over Wales at Twickenham last Sunday, which kept their championship hopes alive.

However, there is one change on the England bench as long-term absentee Leicester Tigers centre Manu Tuilagi makes his comeback from a torn pectoral muscle and replaces Saracens’s Alex Goode.

Lancaster said: “It’s great to be able to name an unchanged XV and we have been able to achieve consistency of selection from a very competitive squad this campaign.

“The Wales result was very significant for us but we need to finish the tournament well in Rome. We have had a tight turnaround and the key this week has been to manage the players’ recovery and get them in the best shape for what will be a tough match against Italy.”

England team to face Italy

Starting XV: M Brown (Harlequins); J Nowell (Exeter), L Burrell (Northampton), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), J May (Gloucester); O Farrell (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), T Wood (Northampton), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Morgan (Gloucester).

Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Thomas (Sale), D Attwood (Bath), T Johnson (Exeter), L Dickson (Northampton), G Ford (Bath), M Tuilagi (Leicester).

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