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Follow the latest updates live from England’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up match as they take on Italy at Newcastle’s St James’ Park.
For the first time in their history, England have taken a Test match to the north-east to help increase interest in the imminent World Cup across the country. Eddie Jones’s side arrive off the back of a record victory over Ireland last time out, with the 57-15 win at Twickenham sending out a serious statement of intent to their rivals in Japan.
Both England and Italy have named experimental line-ups as they look to fine-tune their squads, but the hosts will be looking to pick up where they left off with kick-off at 8pm. Follow the live action below.
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Welcome toThe Independent’slive coverage of England’s final Rugby World Cup warm-up game against Italy, with the hosts set to take an international Test match away from Twickenham and to Newcastle’s St James’ Park for the first time.
With World Cup fever well and truly taking over, England embark on thei final preparations just 48 hours from their flight to Japan, where the important business will really kick in in the Land of the Rising Sun.
But before then, they have one last hurdle to negotiate in the form of Conor O’Shea’s Italy side, who will be heading to Japan a day earlier than their opponents with their flight scheduled on Saturday.
Both teams have named experimental sides, meaning we should get a close look at some of the players who are looking to put their hand up for selection in Japan, and it will be a busy day of rugby union action with Scotland h
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