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England Team to face Wales - 2017


By England Fan
February 9 2017

 Eddie Jones makes two changes to the side which beat France in round 1 of the RBS 6 Nations with Jack Clifford coming in for the injured Tom Wood on the openside, and Jack Nowell being promoted from the bench into the 14 shirt with Jonny May reverting to the bench.    The back-row has just 20 caps between them, the fewest for an England test since the defeat to Australia in November 2012. The XV has 568 test caps between them; the bench has a further 242 caps. The average age of the walk-on team is 26.3 years; the average on the bench is 28.7  


England take on Wales this weekend at the home of Welsh rugby and again this will be a huge match.   England need to start well and get good momentum, they cannot play like they did last weekend otherwise the game will be over in a flash.  Wales are far too good a side to not capitilise on any England errors.

Happy to see the two Jack's start and really feel we need more game time from James Haskell, so I do hope he comes off the bench earlier rather than later.

As a England fan I feel nervous about this match, as the Welsh are formidable opponents and England looked a bit 'wishy-washy' last week.....they certainly did not inspire confidence espec., the line out.  Whatever happens let's hope that this will be a good game of rugby.  

I would dearly like England to continue on their winning streak but this match is a bit too close to call.  I think it will be edge of the seat stuff for the fans on both sides and no doubt our nerves will be tested to the limit on this one.

England head coach Eddie Jones with Jack Clifford during the training session at Pennyhill Park

Eddie's View:"It's been a great week of focused preparation and we can't wait to play Wales,” said England head coach Eddie Jones.  "Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we're excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.   "It's a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do the fundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby. We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium.  

"Jack Nowell starts this week with Jonny May changing to a finisher. Jack has an excellent work-rate and he's a guy that carries through the line which will be important for us.   Jack Clifford also deserves his starting role. He is a hard-working, young player. He has got a good record against Wales, he had a superb game against them in May, he knows what he is going to expect from Wales and we're looking forward to him making an impact to our back-row play. Tom Wood will also play his part later in the game off the bench as a finisher.   "We don't need extra motivation this week; we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England. Every game for us is important and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it's the most important.”

 

England: Mike Brown (Harlequins); Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs); Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby), Owen Farrell (Saracens), Elliot Daly (Wasps); George Ford (Bath Rugby), Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers); Joe Marler (Harlequins), Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints), Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers), Joe Launchbury (Wasps), Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints), Maro Itoje (Saracens), Jack Clifford (Harlequins), Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Replacements: Jamie George (Saracens), Matt Mullan (Wasps), Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins), Tom Wood (Northampton Saints), James Haskell (Wasps), Danny Care (Harlequins), Ben Te'o (Worcester Warriors), Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) 

 

  

Wales have made two front-row changes from the side that beat Italy on the opening weekend to take on England, Props Rob Evans and Tomas Francis both come into the starting XVs.  Taulupe Faletau is the solitary personnel change from the match-day squad against Italy and he is named on the bench.

Wales: Leigh Halfpenny (Toulon); George North (Northampton), Jonathan Davies (Scarlets), Scott Williams (Scarlets), Liam Williams (Scarlets); Dan Biggar (Ospreys), Rhys Webb (Ospreys); Rob Evans (Scarlets), Ken Owens (Scarlets), Tomas Francis (Exeter), Jake Ball (Scarlets), Alun Wyn Jones (Ospreys, capt), Sam Warburton (Cardiff Blues), Justin Tipuric (Ospreys), Ross Moriarty (Gloucester).

Replacements: Scott Baldwin (Ospreys), Nicky Smith (Ospreys), Samson Lee (Scarlets), Cory Hill (Newport Gwent Dragons), Taulupe Faletau (Bath), Gareth Davies (Scarlets), Sam Davies (Ospreys), Jamie Roberts (Harlequins).  

 

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