- Farrell expected to captain side and play at fly-half against Chile
- George Ford set for bench as Steve Borthwick rings changes
Marcus Smith is expected to make a first start at full-back for England against Chile on Saturday while Owen Farrell is poised to return as captain.
England supporters who booed England’s kick-heavy approach against Japan would be delighted to see Smith lining up at No 15 but sources close to the 24-year-old have questioned why he is not being given a chance at fly-half. Instead, Steve Borthwick is expected to turn to Farrell, available again after suspension, with George Ford dropping to the bench.
Written by Gerard Meagher in Nice
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