London - New England head coach Eddie Jones on Thursday named Danny Care at
scrumhalf and Joe Marler at loosehead prop for Saturday's Six Nations
opener against Scotland at Murrayfield.
Care was given the nod
ahead of Ben Youngs for the number nine jersey for the Edinburgh clash,
while Marler was preferred to Mako Vunipola in the front row.
Jones also named three uncapped players on the bench in backrower Jack
Clifford, prop Paul Hill and centre Ollie Devoto, with lock Courtney
Lawes also among the replacements after passing a fitness test on his
"There were some tight calls on selection, but
we have picked a match-day squad with a blend of experience and youth,"
said Jones, after naming his first starting XV since taking over the
England job in November following the departure of Stuart Lancaster.
hooker Dylan Hartley will captain England for the first time as they
bid to retain the Calcutta Cup, which they have held since 2008.
29-year-old will be surrounded by plenty of experienced heads in an
England team containing 512 caps, with Owen Farrell, who will line up at
centre, full-back Mike Brown and Billy Vunipola all appointed
Former skipper Chris Robshaw, who oversaw England's
disastrous World Cup group stage exit on home soil last year, moves
across to blindside flanker where he has been playing for club side
Harlequins, with James Haskell slotting in at openside.
and George Ford will start together for just the second time, the former
at inside centre - with both Manu Tuilagi and Henry Slade out injured
- and Bath's Ford selected at flyhalf.
"The boys have worked hard since coming into camp to understand how I want the team to play going forward," Jones said.
"We have prepared well and I am pleased with the progress the group has made in the short time we've had together."
praised the job done by his predecessor Lancaster and the options he
had left at his disposal, adding he was confident of starting his tenure
on a winning note north of the border.
"We are indebted to the
work Stuart Lancaster has done over last four years. I have inherited a
talented and highly motivated group of players.
"We are confident we can go to Edinburgh and win, but we're in no doubt it will be a huge challenge.
at Murrayfield in front of a passionate Scottish crowd will be a real
test for this team but one I know we can rise to."
15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (captain), 1 Joe Marler
Substitutes: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Jack Clifford, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Alex Goode, 23 Ollie Devoto