Hartley set to lead England despite Samoa omission

England star Dylan Hartley has been relieved of the England captaincy temporarily

Dylan Hartley will remain England captain for the Six Nations despite being dropped from the England side that will take on Samoa this Saturday - as long as he avoids any more ill-discipline.

But Jones is using one of his last chances to replicate England's World Cup schedule when they have a four-day turnaround between two pool matches, against Tonga and United States of America, and may play two completely different line-ups. This week's a great opportunity to show how strong we are. Having been brought on in 17 of Jones' games in charge, the head coach now wants to see how George copes playing as a starter where there will be a much greater scrutiny on his scrummaging and lineout throwing, as opposed to his ability to run around the park when legs are tiring late-on.

"This week's a bit different", said Jones.

"Dylan understands it's about developing a team for the World Cup". It's a great opportunity to develop the leadership of the side and those two guys [Ford and Robshaw] did a great job for us against the Barbarians.

"It's a good, even spread of responsibility between Chris and George".

Jones views the clash with Samoa as an opportunity to test the depth of the squad. "As long as that mist doesn't come in over Franklin's Gardens".

England captain Dylan Hartley is fully prepared to support the squad in his role as a finisher in the final Old Mutual Wealth Series game against Samoa on Saturday.

And Ford said: "I'll lead the attack and Chris will lead the defence and the forwards, so I'm sure we'll to help each other during the game", Ford said. So it would be unfair for me to say that for the last two years and not fulfil my role.

"I understand what we're doing, we're growing the squad just like we did in Argentina", added Hartley.

"That's the good thing about this team, we've got a bigger picture in mind and everyone is driving towards that".

George is one of nine changes to the starting XV that defeated Australia 30-6 at Twickenham last week.

Injuries to Nathan Hughes and Sam Underhill mean Chris Robshaw will make his first start at openside since Jones took the England reins, despite the Australian's previous reservations that the former skipper was a "six-and-a-half at best".

Ellis Genge starts at loosehead prop as Mako Vunipola misses out on the 23 altogether and George is finally given his chance to impress right from the start.

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