Tom Curry named England captain alongside Marcus Smith makes Six Nations debut as team against Scotland announced

MARCUS SMITH will make his Six Nations debut at half-time in England’s Calcutta Cup tie against Scotland.

And Tom Curry will captain Red Rose for the first time as Eddie Jones forced aside with many changes for the opening match of the tournament.

Marcus Smith prepares to make his England debut


Marcus Smith prepares to make his England debutCredit: Getty
Tom Curry will captain Red Rose


Tom Curry will captain Red RoseCredit: Getty

Jones, who is forced to plan without Owen Farrell and replaceable captain Courtney Lawesalso chose Elliot Daly at the center – despite removing the Saracens mainstay from his initial squad.

Daly will play alongside Henry Slade – one of three vice-captains as well as Luke Cowan-Dickie and Ellis Genge – in midfield, with Joe Marchant, Max Malins and full-back Freddie Steward completing an inexperienced triple-back.

But it’s the Harlequins tyro Smith’s choice, and outside of half Ben Youngs, would be an interesting choice for most. England fans after his worry-free late penalty goal against South Africa to win the Autumn series.

Veteran George Ford, the No10 alternative, was named one of Jones’ ‘finishers’, who also included Jamie George and Jack Nowell.

Wing sales Curry joins Lewis Ludlam and Sam Simmonds in the back row, with Maro Itoje and Nick Isiekwe in the locked position, while Kyle Sinckler finishes top alongside Cowan-Dickie and Genge.

The selection of Daly, who has not played in center stage for England since 2016, is a signal that Jones wants experience to help guide Smith through his christening in the firefight. Murrayfield.


“As the first game, it’s hugely important for both sides and we’ll both want a winning start,” Jones said.

“We have a good, young team but we understand the task ahead and we will be ready to do it from the first kick.

“Tom Curry will captain this game and earn the respect of his teammates around him, in the absence of Owen and Courtney.

“He also has the support of vice-captains and other leaders in the team such as Maro Itoje and Ben Youngs.

“We have prepared very well for this match. We’ve had some obstacles thrown at us, but we’ve overcome them as a group more together and we’re looking forward to getting started. ”

Eddie Jones' men are ready for battle


Eddie Jones’ men are ready for battleCredit: Getty Tom Curry named England captain alongside Marcus Smith makes Six Nations debut as team against Scotland announced


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