England bench No. 8 Vunipola, Tuilagi and Youngs for Japan Test

England coach Eddie Jones on Thursday dropped senior players Billy Vunipola, Manu Tuilagi and Ben Youngs to the bench for this weekend's match against Japan at Twickenham following the defeat by Argentina in their Autumn Nations Series opener.

Sam Simmonds replaces Vunipola as the starting No. 8, with Guy Porter taking over from Tuilagi at outside centre.

Jack van Poortvliet, who scored a try shortly after coming off the bench in place of Youngs during last Sunday's loss to the Pumas, starts at scrum-half for Saturday's game with the Brave Blossoms.

Jones has made five changes to his starting lineup for England's second match of a November programme that, as with the Argentina fixture, pits them against one of their pool opponents at next year's Rugby World Cup in France.

Jonny May has overcome an elbow problem to replace Joe Cokanasiga, even though his fellow winger scored England's opening try against Argentina.

Up front, South Africa-born lock David Ribbans makes his Test debut in place of Northampton team-mate Alex Coles, who won his first cap last weekend.

Jamie George has recovered from a foot injury to provide cover for starting hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie.

"We've worked hard this week to improve on last week's performance," said Jones.

"We've taken a good look at our preparation and we are happy with our position going into the game.

"We've made a few changes to the side as we play these four games in November. In particular with Manu we are balancing his workload."

Jones, Japan's coach when they defeated the Springboks in a stunning upset during the 2015 World Cup in England, added: "Japan are a very good and intriguing side.

"They play a unique type of rugby based on continuity and team cohesion and we'll have to be at our best against them at Twickenham on Saturday."

Team (15-1)

Freddie Steward; Jack Nowell, Guy Porter, Owen Farrell (capt), Jonny May; Marcus Smith, Jack van Poortvliet; Sam Simmonds, Tom Curry, Maro Itoje; Jonny Hill, David Ribbans; Kyle Sinckler, Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge

Replacements: Jamie George, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, Alex Coles, Billy Vunipola, Ben Youngs, Henry Slade, Manu Tuilagi

Coach: Eddie Jones (AUS)

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