USA vs England Start Time. Head coach Eddie Jones is confident his reshuffled England team will cope with their short turnaround as they prepare for Thursday’s game against the USA, four days after battling past Tonga. USA vs England tv channel
Only five of the team from Sunday’s 35-3 win in their opening game are keeping their starting places.
“We’ve done a fair bit of homework for this turnaround,” Jones told BBC Sport.
“We trialled a four-day turnaround against Japan last autumn, to make sure the players have experience of it.”
George Ford captains the side at 10, with Billy Vunipola selected again at eight and there are debuts for wingers Ruaridh McConnochie and Joe Cokanasiga plus centre Piers Francis.
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Speaking to the BBC’s Rugby Union Weekly podcast, Jones added: “We’ve looked at selection pretty closely, looked at the players who could back up and who couldn’t back up.
“We’ve tried to work out which players need a rest. Each player is different – some players need a longer time to recover, and some are much better off when they’re in form to keep playing.”
England secured a four-try bonus-point win over Tonga in the Sapporo Dome, though they were laboured at times, looking solid in defence but making 14 handling errors across the 80 minutes.
Conditions in the Kobe Misaki stadium are likely to be similar to last weekend, the roof closed specifically for the match here rather than a permanent structure but the humidity inside still noticeable to those used to English autumns.
The home of Top League rugby team Kobelco Steelers as well as football team Vissel Kobe, the current club of former Barcelona and Spain great Andres Iniesta, has a capacity of just over 30,000, with England supporters increasingly visible on the streets of the city over the last few days.
Jones had described facing the USA starting XV as “like facing 15 Donald Trumps” in that he expects them to come out “all guns blazing” but South African coach Gary Gold, who has also coached London Irish, Newcastle and Bath as well as the Steelers, has opted for the more familiar skills of eight England based players.
Harlequins’ Paul Lasike starts at inside-centre, Saracens’ Titi Lamositele at tight-head prop and Sale’s AJ MacGinty at fly-half.