Ben Te'o dropped as Eddie Jones makes two England changes

Marsha Scott
February 11, 2018

New Zealand referee Glenn Newman made a controversial TMO call in the England-Wales Six Nations match.

"Wales have to get the ball wide and Patchell hasn't played much Test match rugby".

"We've had 18 months to prepare for this turnaround", he said.

He was eventually substituted by Warren Gatland in an attempt to inject some more power into his side's offensive output.

A decade on, he goes in search of his fourth Welsh win at Twickenham and success this time would be the best of them all. "He's got to find guys around him to help him because he's going to be under some heat".

Finn Russell drives much of Scotland's attack but at Twickenham Wales will face a double threat in the shape of George Ford and Owen Farrell, whose understanding as a 10-12 axis is second to none in global rugby. Wales will need to ensure there is no quick ball for England to work off.

The result also saw England seal a record 15th consecutive home victory in the Six Nations and they have now also won 15 consecutive home Tests, racking up 66 tries and 519 points. They delivered last week against Scotland, but it'll be interesting to see what they do when they come up against a better defence.

Of course Wales, too, have shots to fire.

Gareth Anscombe was drafted in at Halfpenny's expense, with fly-half Rhys Patchell expected to take on kicking duties.

Josh Navidi madea telling impact against Scotland.

"It's going to be a great game, a huge battle up front, and conditions are going to play a big part".

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Saturday's match will see Care starting after Youngs suffered a tournament-ending knee injury in Rome, become England's most capped scrumhalf when he makes his 78th Red Rose appearance to move past 2003 Rugby World Cup victor Matt Dawson.

Youngs has been ruled out for the remainder of the championship after suffering a knee injury in the opening-weekend win in Rome.

Care is a terrific deputy and enjoys a high tempo.

There is a level of pressure which comes with that and, by brining more petrol to the mind game fire than Gatland this week, Jones is clearly trying to deflate the expectation, especially with chinks still evident in the England armour.

But a superb try-saving tackle from Sam Underhill denied Scott Williams in the corner and kept the score locked in at 12-3 in favour of the hosts.

England edged a gripping Six Nations arm wrestle 12-6 on a raw afternoon but things could have been different had Wales fullback Gareth Anscombe's try been allowed to stand before the interval.

There is no place for British and Irish Lion Liam Williams, who returned to training with the squad on Monday after an abdominal muscle injury but Cory Hill has come through concussion protocols.

The selection of Joseph over Te'o was predicted by Wales coach Warren Gatland earlier this week and sees England restored to their strongest available starting XV.

What time does England v Wales kick off?

England (15-1): M Brown; A Watson, J Joseph, O Farrell, J May; G Ford, D Care; S Simmonds, C Robshaw, C Lawes; M Itoje, J Launchbury; D Cole, D Hartley (capt), M Vunipola.

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