England v Barbarians: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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England v Barbarians: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - REUTERS
England v Barbarians: What time is kick-off, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction? - REUTERS

What is it?

England take on the Barbarians in the first match of their autumn schedule, before completing the Six Nations and participating in the Autumn Nations Cup.

When is it?

Sunday, October 25.

What time is kick-off?

The match will start at 2pm.

What TV channel is it on?

The match will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena.

What is the team news?

Eddie Jones will be without Exeter, Wasps and Bristol players due to their potential involvement in the Premiership final. The England head coach has opted for a mixture of youth and experience, with Bath scrum-half Ben Spencer the main omission from the squad.

England squad to face the Barbarians
England squad to face the Barbarians

For the Barbarians, Chris Robshaw will play against England in his last match before heading to play in the United States. There are 11 Saracens in the squad including Richard Wigglesworth, Sean Maitland, Jackson Wray and Manu Vunipola. The Barbarians are being coached by Vern Cotter, the current Fiji coach, and unsurprisingly seven Fijians will also be involved.

What have we said about the teams?

Manu Tuilagi will be unavailable throughout the Autumn due to a serious injury sustained on club duty. Charlie Morgan had a look at which player could replace him in England's midfield.

England's centre options: What will the backline look like without Manu Tuilagi?

What are the odds?

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What's our prediction?

These matches tend to be high-scoring affairs, with plenty of tries to boot. England will blood some inexperienced players which could make it a close game.

England 46 Barbarians 34