Hello and welcome to the second of two Autumn Nations Cup matches that Telegraph Sport is bringing you live today, as Six Nations champions England host a powerful-if-raw Georgian side at Twickenham.
This is only the third time that these two sides have met and who knows what to expect, except quite a hefty England win. Georgia’s bellicose forwards will pack a punch up front, but England will have too much class, will be too organised, for the Lelos.
England coach Eddie Jones has used the occasion to make nine changes to the starting XV which beat Italy 34-5 two weeks ago in Rome to win the Six Nations.
He’s excited about debuting Wasps flanker Jack Willis, who swept the English season awards. Willis was picked for the 2018 tour of South Africa but withdrew due to injury.
“Jack has got a good nose for the ball,” Jones said. “He gets himself into good positions. He’s got good natural strength – he’s not a gym-strength person – and he’s flipping tough.
“Turnovers are the highlight part of his game.”
A second newcomer, Bristol utility Max Malins, is in the reserves to cover the back three.
Meanwhile, Georgia vow to have learned lessons from their abysmal effort against Scotland at Murrayfield last month.
Only three weeks ago, Scotland hammered Georgia 48-7 in a warm-up for both teams, their first since the pandemic shut down sports in Europe in March.
Georgia gave up three tries to the Scots from lineout mauls, and a fourth try was disallowed because the grounding was unclear. The first try conceded in the match came from a quick tapped penalty while half the Georgians had their backs turned. The pack, normally gritty, was uncharacteristically shaky.
“We will be (at the Autumn Nations Cup) not just to make up the numbers,” captain Merab Sharikadze said.
“We promise that nobody will spare themselves. There might be some technical flaw in our game, and the result might be undesirable, but anything can happen on the day.”