Joe Cokanasiga among 11 changes to England side to face Japan

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Bagshot - Bath wing Joe Cokanasiga was handed his England debut on his 21st birthday as coach Eddie Jones made 11 changes to his starting side announced on Thursday for this weekend's worldwide against Japan at Twickenham.

Only Daly remains in the same jersey as last week with Jamie George, Harry Williams, Charlie Ewels, Courtney Lawes, Danny Care and Alex Lozowski all making their first starts of the autumn while Jack Nowell gets the nod at outside-centre and Alec Hepburn returns as loosehead. Chris Ashton will move from the right to left wing.

Danny Care will start at scrum-half with Richard Wigglesworth on the bench and Ben Youngs dropping out of the 23-man squad. Henry Slade provides backs cover off the bench.

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There are three changes to the front row, with props Alec Hepburn and Harry Williams starting alongside hooker Jamie George. He will be partnered by Maro Itoje, who is named as vice-captain.

Charlie Ewels joins Itoje in the second row, Courtney Lawes is drafted in at blindside flanker and Zach Mercer wins his second cap at No.8, with Wilson switching to openside. Replacements: Dylan Hartley, Ben Moon, Kyle Sinckler, Ted Hill, Sam Underhill, Richard Wigglesworth, Owen Farrell, Henry Slade.

"This weekend is a good opportunity for us to test the depth of the squad". "We have also tested ourselves in having a shorter preparation".

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"We are expecting plenty of energy, aggression and fast ball movement from Japan", said Jones, who coached Japan at the 2015 World Cup. "We have had a short preparation but a good preparation".

On Ford as captain, he said: "It's a wonderful moment for him and his family". A number of players have changed their roles going from finishers to starters and starters to finishers so that is the essential change to the squad. "Fifty caps and captaining the side is a great honour and every game he plays for England he gives his absolute best".

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