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Jones tells England to be dominant and ferocious

England head coach Eddie Jones has told his side to be dominant and ferocious ahead of Saturday’s clash against Wales.

Jones’ side take on Wales in their second match of the 2018 NatWest 6 Nations and England’s head coach has a clear vision for his side.

“We want to be an adaptable team and to be able to play to the conditions, referee and game as sometimes the game controls you,” said Jones.

“Wales will try and play a particular way but in terms of winning the game we want to make sure our set piece is dominant and our defence is ferocious.”

'Powerful, quick and a good defender'

England have made two changes to the side that opened their NatWest 6 Nations campaign with a victory over Italy in Rome.

Danny Care (Harlequins) starts at half back and will become England’s most capped scrum half (78), moving past 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson.

Jonathan Joseph comes in for Ben Te’o at outside centre and Jones has backed the experience Bath man to have an impact at Twickenham on Saturday.  

“It’s a gut feeling on my behalf, Ben worked really hard to get back fit (after a lengthy injury lay off), but experience tells me sometimes in their second game back players are a little bit flat,” said Jones.

“JJ has been in good form in training. He’s powerful, quick and will defend well.

“He can do a job for us from the start and Ben will come and give us power and impetus, just as he did last week.”

Following an injury to Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers) Richard Wigglesworth has been named as a finisher, having last played for England in 2015, and Jones has been impressed by the Saracens number nine.

“Wiggy is an experienced campaigner,” said Jones.

“He is a delight to have in camp, he works hard, he is a true professional, sets high standards and compliments Danny Care’s running game.”

Care will become England’s most capped scrum half (78), moving past 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson, an achievement Jones is full of praise for.

“It’s very pleasing, his career has flourished, he deserves the honour and I’m sure he’ll make the most of it on Saturday,” said Jones.


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