Two changes for England as they prepare for Wales
- Author: Julie Sanders Feb 10, 2018,
Feb 10, 2018, 10:26
"We need to build on that result and there were enough aspects of that game which were very pleasing, but also we know that if we get opportunities against England, we have to take them". Both teams claimed impressive bonus-point wins in their first match and are likely to come into this clash with plenty of confidence.
When even the Welsh first minister is discussing class war in the Times in the context of a Twickenham global, it becomes ever harder to classify it as just another game.
Round two of the 2018 Six Nations Championship begins Saturday, Feb. 10, when Italy visits Ireland at the Aviva Stadium.
"They had nothing to lose [against Scotland], and they played with a great freedom". A victory for Jones on the other hand would confirm the quality of his work in turning England from resource-rich almost men to big-game "closers" - in the year they finally face New Zealand, the world's best team.
The past does not haunt this England side, though, and not only because they are under different management.
Richard Wigglesworth, who plays for Quins' London rivals Saracens, the European champions, provides bench cover.
"Every time Rhys Patchell looks up, he's going to see Jonathan Joseph in his vision - it's not a great sight", Jones said, having recalled the Bath centre to his starting line-up instead of Ben Te'o, with scrumhalf Danny Care replacing the injured Ben Youngs in the only other change to the run-on XV in Rome.
Wales brushed aside any injury concerns of their own with a superb performance in their one-sided 34-7 win at home to Scotland.
Joseph has changed places with Worcester midfielder Ben Te'o, with his return forecast by Warren Gatland when the Wales coach named his side on Tuesday.
Gatland has chose to stick with exactly the same side for this weekend's game.
Ten years ago last week, at just 20 years of age, the Wasps fly-half stepped off the England bench to make his global debut at Twickenham against Saturday's opposition. The last four Six Nations games between the sides have all gone England's way but the last three have all been won by less than a score.
After scoring some nice tries against Scotland, Phillips has urged his Wales team to keep playing.
In the build up to this Test match England's head coach firmly turned the spotlight on Wales' fly-half.
Italy has now lost 13 consecutive matches in the competition.
"From day one in camp we've trained well and been really sharp".
Last season saw Eddie Jones' break Welsh hearts as a late Elliot Daly try scraped an unlikely 21-16 victory for England in Cardiff, adding even more fuel to this weekend's fire - especially given Wales' opening salvo as they defeated Scotland convincingly despite odds seemingly being stacked against them.