England have named Manu Tuilagi on the bench for their final match of the 2014 RBS 6 Nations against Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.
Tuilagi will make his first appearance for England in a year after recovering from the torn pectoral muscle that kept him out for six months.
The British and Irish Lion has played just 70 minutes for his club Leicester since regaining fitness, but head coach Stuart Lancaster deems him ready for England's final assault on the title.
Tuilagi can cover centre and wing and has replaced Alex Goode on the bench in the only change to the 23 that defeated champions Wales 29-18 on Sunday.
"It's great to be able to name an unchanged XV and we have been able to achieve consistency of selection in a very competitive squad this campaign," Lancaster said.
With Goode removed from the bench, wings Jack Nowell and Jonny May are on standby to provide cover for Mike Brown at full-back if needed.
Tuilagi could have been fast-tracked into the matchday 23 that secured the Triple Crown against Wales at Twickenham, but Lancaster felt he needed another week in camp before being plunged into action.
England head to Rome with the primary objective of defeating Italy, but must also overhaul Ireland's imposing points superiority in case the Six Nations title is decided by that measure.
France also remain in the hunt for Wales' crown - they host Brian O'Driscoll's men in Paris in the climax to the tournament - but with Ireland 49 ahead of England on points difference, they have established a near-unassailable lead.
Mindful of the explosive impact Tuilagi could have on a tiring Italian defence, Lancaster has called up the destructive 22-year-old to reinforce the final push for the first major piece of silverware of his two-year reign as head coach.
England 29 Wales 18: Player ratings from Twickenham
England 29 Wales 18: Player ratings from Twickenham
1/30 Mike Brown 8/10
He may be Mr Angry, but Mr Reliable is not far off the mark. Dangerous with ball in hand and proved once again what a player he is. Sparked the backline into life
2/30 Jack Nowell 7
Given he was up against North, coped very well and showed his turn of pace on occasion
3/30 Luther Burrell 9
Scored his third try in four Tests to put England clear. Could have had a breathtaking second had he not tried to barge over Halfpenny. Outstanding nonetheless
4/30 Billy Twelvetrees 7
Coped much better with Roberts’ hard-running, and his deft kick was perfectly weighted for Burrell’s try. Grew into the game as it went on, and can be proud of his performance
5/30 Jonny May 6
His major threat seems to come on the switchback, but if given the chance to run he can definitely punish teams. Somewhat starved of ball in attacking spaces
6/30 Owen Farrell 9
Ran the show superbly in what was arguably his finest outing in the Red Rose. Perfect kicking record kept the scoreboard ticking, and he continues to develop into a fine player
7/30 Danny Care 8
Give this man space at your peril. Set-up and scored the first try from a tap-and-go, and sniped around the edges all afternoon
8/30 Joe Marler 7
Recovered from a first scrum-shock to give England a solid platform. Departed after 64 minutes after a good day’s shift
9/30 Dylan Hartley 7
Without a doubt England’s first-choice hooker. His accuracy at the lineout rivals the best in the world, and tackled his heart out today
10/30 David Wilson 8
Doesn’t look like a man two games into his comeback from injury. Departed when the game was won, and his break that set up the first try was eye-catching
11/30 Joe Launchbury 7
England have a jewel of a second-row right now, and Launchbury is only getting better. Bossed the defence and used his pace to plug the gaps. Thudding hit on Roberts defined his game
12/30 Courtney Lawes 9
His bruising reputation was boosted today with a man-of-the-match performance. Tackled anything red that moved, and even bounced off the referee at one point
13/30 Tom Wood 7
Remained quiet, but that’s exactly what you want from a top quality blindside. Work around the edges was as good as has become expected
14/30 Chris Robshaw 8
Took a few big hits but got up as always. Played his heart out and the win is a just reward for his two previous defeats against Wales
15/30 Ben Morgan 7
The absence of Billy Vunipola wasn’t felt as Morgan handled the burdon of carrying the ball very well. Made some hard yards, and bailed England out of trouble when they were on the back foot
16/30 Leigh Halfpenny 7/10
Ultra-reliable with the boot to keep Wales in the game at the break, but caught out for Burrell’s score. Defended valiantly as always, and prevented a great try with his last-ditch tackle on Burrell in the second half
17/30 Alex Cuthbert 6
Much quieter than his last outing against England. His big-game potential deserted him, and exposed in defence for the second try
18/30 Jonathan Davies 5
Looked rusty, which isn’t surprising. Dropped the ball when Wales were on the attack and was unusually outpaced at times
19/30 Jamie Roberts 6
Tried to thunder his way over the England defence, but came up against an in-form Twelvetrees who was up to the task. Ran out of ideas soon after
20/30 George North 5
Unusually quiet, and butchered two clear chances to get the Welsh across the tryline
21/30 Rhys Priestland 6
Need to develop a ‘Plan B’ as Warren Gatland has put it when Wales’ bludgeoning tactic doesn’t work. Hauled off early and could lose his place to Biggar
22/30 Rhys Webb 5
Looked star-struck on the big stage, as he was quickly warned by the referee for giving away penalties. Lost the ball in a good chance for Wales and left the field immediately after
23/30 Gethin Jenkins 5
Had success early, but was soon under pressure once Wilson and more importantly Romain Poite figured out his angling in at the scrum. His yellow card cost Wales, and he didn’t return after
24/30 Richard Hibbard 6
Carried the ball well and was a force in defence, but cracked under pressure at a crucial 5m lineout that led to Burrell’s try
25/30 Adam Jones 7
Gave Marler a hard fight in the scrum and got the better of Vunipola when he entered the affray. Struggled once England regrouped, but ultimately one of Wales’ better players
26/30 Jake Ball 6
Didn’t challenge enough of England’s ball in the air, but at 22 years old he can still develop. Left with 10 minutes to go when the game was lost
27/30 Alun Wyn Jones 6
Not as commanding as we are accustomed to, and knocked on when Wales were in the England 22m
28/30 Dan Lydiate 6
Tackled his heart out with his famed chop, but did little else in open field. Replaced by Tipuric, who has to ask what he has to do to get into the side
29/30 Sam Warburton 6
His impact on the game was felt more in his conversations with the referee as his side fell short of his whistle time-again. Tackled well, but couldn’t get his hands on the ball to have an impact
30/30 Taulupe Faletau 6
Another who fell away when the game got tough. Faletau has shown his big match temperament in the past, but this wasn’t one of his better showings
England, who have finished Six Nations runners-up for the last two seasons, need a deluge of tries at the Stadio Olimpico and it is hoped Tuilagi's power will be influential in the attempted points grab.
"The Wales result was very significant for us but we need to finish the tournament well in Rome," Lancaster said.
"We have had a tight turnaround and 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."
Wasps prop Matt Mullan and Bath centre Kyle Eastmond will travel with the squad to Rome as 24th and 25th men.
Lancaster announced there could be a late change to the line-up as the partner of loosehead prop Joe Marler is due to give birth to their first child.
If Marler is unable to make it to Rome in time for the captain's run on Friday afternoon, Mako Vunipola will be promoted to the starting XV with Mullan taking his position on the bench.
"Joe's partner is in labour as we speak so we're waiting to see how that goes. We'll make a decision on Friday," Lancaster said.
"He's got to be at the captain's run. I spoke to Joe this morning and the good thing is we have a British and Irish Lion on the bench in Mako, who wants to start.
"Matt played in the autumn internationals and is a good player to come in on the bench."
Lancaster is pleased that Tuilagi is available to face Italy at the Stadio Olimpico.
"Manu has had that extra week's training he needed, so he's ready. He's a good player," he said.
England prevailed 19-15 in Rome two years ago and 18-11 in the return fixture at Twickenham last season - two narrow wins that have made Lancaster cautious over targeting anything other than victory.
"Winning is the priority. We went to Rome two years ago and it was very difficult," he said.
"Italy beat France in the Six Nations last year and Ireland struggled.
"Even Australia struggled in 2012. It's not an easy place to go and get points, and we know what's coming.
"This is a fantastic opportunity to finish the Six Nations on a high. We want to back up our recent good performances.
"The character we've shown throughout has been outstanding. The attitude has been the best I've known."
ENGLAND TEAM TO FACE ITALY
M Brown (Harlequins); J Nowell (Exeter), L Burrell (Northampton), B Twelvetrees (Gloucester), J May (Gloucester); O Farrell (Saracens), D Care (Harlequins); J Marler (Harlequins), D Hartley (Northampton), D Wilson (Bath), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Lawes (Northampton), T Wood (Northampton), C Robshaw (Harlequins, capt), B Morgan (Gloucester).
Replacements: T Youngs (Leicester), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Thomas (Sale), D Attwood (Bath), T Johnson (Exeter), L Dickson (Northampton), G Ford (Bath), M Tuilagi (Leicester).