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England unchanged for Six Nations finale

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Sportal.co.nz     13 Mar 2014     Getty Images

Tuilagi has played only 70 minutes for Leicester after recovering from a chest muscle injury, but the powerful centre will be among the replacements in Rome on Saturday at the expense of Alex Goode.

The Samoa-born 22-year-old will make his first appearance for his country in more than a year if he plays any part at the Olympic Stadium.

Head coach Lancaster revealed that he may be forced into one late change, as Joe Marler's partner is expecting a baby. Mako Vunipola is on standby to start if the prop drops out and Matt Mullan would take up a place on the bench.

England are seeking an emphatic win against bottom-of-the-table Italy and will hope France can beat Ireland, who currently top the Six Nations table ahead of England due to a vastly superior points difference.

A 29-18 triumph over Wales at Twickenham on Saturday secured the Triple Crown for England and Lancaster is determined to finish the tournament on a high note.

"It's great to be able to name an unchanged XV and we have been able to achieve consistency of selection," said Lancaster.

"The Wales result was very significant for us but we need to finish the tournament well in Rome.

"The key this week has been to manage the players' recovery and get them in the best shape for what will be a tough match against Italy."