- Farrell set for fly-half start with George Ford to miss out
- Marcus Smith expected to replace Steward at full-back
Steve Borthwick appears set to axe George Ford and install his captain Owen Farrell at fly-half for England’s World Cup quarter-final against Fiji with Marcus Smith expected to be given the nod at full-back.
In what would represent two of the boldest selection calls of Borthwick’s tenure, the captain Farrell is likely to revert to the No 10 jersey with the head coach – who announces his team on Friday – primed to employ Smith as the second playmaker from full-back.
Written by Gerard Meagher in Aix-en-Provence
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