Wilson en Watson keren terug als Engeland naam team om Wales te trotseren

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England v Wales: Eddie Jones looking forward to ‘intense’ Six Nations game
Guinness Six Nations: England v Wales
Venue:Twickenham StadiumDate:Saturday, 7 MarchKick-off:16:45 GMT
Coverage:Live on BBC Radio 5 Live, BBC Radio Wales & Radio Cymru, with text commentary on BBC Sport website and app.

Flanker Mark Wilson and wing Anthony Watson will make their first England appearances since the Rugby World Cup after being named to start against Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday.

Wilson, who has recovered from a knee injury, joins Courtney Lawes and Tom Curry in the back row.

Watson is back after a calf problem and replaces Jonathan Joseph.

Eddie Jones has again named six forwards on the bench but Sam Underhill misses out after picking up an injury.

Joseph, usually a centre, was deployed on the wing in the previous round’s win over Ireland, misses out on the matchday squad.

Prop Mako Vunipola was left outEngland’s training squad as a coronavirus precaution.The 29-year-old travelled through Hong Kong on his return from Tonga last weekend, but is symptom-free and training with club side Saracens.

Wilson and Watson’s last England appearances were in England’s Rugby World Cup final defeat by South Africa in November

England team to face Wales:

Daly; Watson, Tuilagi, Farrell, May; Ford, Youngs; Marler, George, Sinckler, Itoje, Kruis, Lawes, Wilson, Curry

Replacements:Cowan-Dickie, Genge, Stuart, Launchbury, Ewels, Earl, Heinz, Slade

The match is the first chance for England coach Eddie Jones to test himself at Test level against Wales coach Wayne Pivac after four years of rivalry with his predecessor Warren Gatland.

“Wales are a very tough, well-coached side and they’ve been building on their attack since Wayne Pivac has taken over,” said Jones.

“He obviously wants them to pass more, that has been quite evident in their first three games, they still retain that toughness that Gatland had bred into the team so that makes them a more dangerous team.

“It’s always a tough game against Wales and we know they will bring that toughness to all the contest areas.”

Liam Williams is on the wing for Wales in place of the injured Josh Adams,with Dan Biggar fit to take on the fly-half role.

England lost 13-6 to Wales in last year’s Six Nations meeting in Cardiff, but have won the last four of the teams’ meetings at Twickenham. Wales’ last victory on the road against England was the famous 2015 Rugby World Cup success.

Wales’ hopes of defending their Six Nations title are effectively over after defeats by Ireland and France in their last two matches.

Patience pays off for Wilson

Wilson made his Sale debut in the Premiership Cup semi-final win over Saracens in Feburary

Wilson, 30, is ona season-long loan with Saleafter leaving boyhood club Newcastle following their relegation from the Premiership at the end of 2018-19 season.

The move was intended to give Wilson the best chance of adding to the 18 international caps he has won in Test career than only began aged 27.

Knee surgery had kept the back row forward sidelined at Sale before he made his return at the beginning of February.

“Wilson is one of those tough uncompromising players that you always want in your team,” said Jones. “We are disappointed that Sam can’t play, but we have a great replacement.”

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