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Upbeat Jones hands Cokanasiga his big opportunity to sparkle

 

By Duncan Bech

Joe Cokanasiga will be given the chance to justify Eddie Jones' belief he is "something special" when he makes his England debut against Japan.

The giant Bath wing is one of 11 changes in personnel for tomorrow's penultimate Quilter International at Twickenham, with only full-back Elliot Daly retaining the same jersey he wore against New Zealand.

George Ford leads the team after co-captains Owen Farrell and Dylan Hartley were selected on the bench as part of a dress rehearsal for the four-day turnaround between the group games against Tonga and the United States at next year's World Cup.

The Fijian-born powerhouse, who turned 21 yesterday, has used his 6'4" and 18-stone frame to destructive effect at the Recreation Ground this season and Jones believes he can make an impression on Test defences.

"Joe's pretty excited," Jones said. "There's something a little bit special about him so we're looking forward to seeing him play. He's got power and he's got pace.

"He's got a nice ball sense, he can throw an offload out of the tackle and he can find the line.

"It's always handy to have one big winger that can dent a line and there aren't a lot of those playing rugby in England."

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