"It's too early to make any sort of prediction but I'm always optimistic", he added.
Youngs was supposed to be celebrating his 56th start for England that took him past Matt Dawson's record at scrum-half. "Life is full of contradictions", said Eddie Jones in an acknowledgement that Simmonds had contradicted his coach's original assessment that he may not be big enough for a No 8.
Italy were given time to catch their breath during a lengthy delay as Youngs was treated before being carted off with a knee injury, but they were caught cold when the rapid Watson darted away for a second score. But how did Eddie Jones's men perform individually in Rome?
Nevertheless, an Italy side where seven players were making their tournament debuts, while veteran Alessandro Zanni was winning his 100th cap, hit back with a 20th-minute try.
'He's fitted into the team well. "At the end of the game we played some lovely rugby".
Their defensive organisation in the first half, in particular, left plenty to be desired and England did not have to split the atom to create several of their tries.More news: New York Mets reach agreement with Todd Frazier
England have never lost to Italy and this looks like being another mismatch.
Both sides had early second-half scores ruled out by the TMO before Simmonds burst free from the back of a maul to score his first worldwide try on 53 minutes.
"We know how hard it is going to be, but we are confident that if we get our stuff right starting with Italy on Sunday that we can do it".
Italy finally settled into the game after conceding two tries, and had their best spell of the first half from a penalty won by number eight Sergio Parisse.
Two missed conversions from Farrell kept the Azzurri within touching distance and the home side did not back down from head coach Conor O'Shea's insistence that they would attack England. "I'm proud because I think we saw a team that has a lot of potential out there for the future and played some really good rugby against a great side".
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