Jones sees need for speed against Italy


England head coach Eddie Jones is considering changes for Sunday's trip to face Italy in the Six Nations.

Jones enjoyed a winning start to his tenure as England beat Scotland 15-9 at Murrayfield, but he thinks the match in Rome may require a different approach.

The Australian is keen to see more speed in the side, but ruled out the possibility of wholesale changes.

"We'll pick the best 23 for Italy, so we could conceivably pick a faster pack. It's our next game. All I'm worried about is Italy," Jones said.

"We might change the batting order in some circumstances, but I am happy with the 25 players we took to Scotland. I think the majority of those players will feature against Italy.

"The game of rugby now is very much a 23-man game and it is about getting the best out of each position for 80 minutes."

Jones wants a more coherent attacking display from his side at the Stadio Olimpico this weekend, while also highlighting the need for improvement at the breakdown.

"Against Scotland we did well in the set-piece and our defence was very competent, but we didn't get any fluidity in our attack - which we would like to do - and our breakdown work still needs some work. So they are two areas we would like improve on this week," he said.

"We turned the ball over five times. Twice was because of our scrum and once was because of our bad kicking, but, generally speaking, we were too slow in with our second man so it is a team issue.

"It is not a fitness issue. We dropped off after 20 minutes, but that is more concentration and application. Certainly we can get fitter, like every team can get fitter, but that will come with playing more international rugby."

Italy have never beaten England.