6N: England and Wales set for another close encounter

Lynette Rowe
February 11, 2018

This is sure to be the headline clash in the second round of the Six Nations, and while England will certainly come into the contest as favourites, coach Eddie Jones will know that Wales will be more motivated than ever to execute an ambush successfully in London.

The magic now is to blend in players from other clubs, get them all playing the same style of rugby and it's great that they are playing the style that Scarlets are playing but obviously the national team should be stronger.

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. "I will have a chat with Uncle Eddie after the game". I'll keep doing what I'm doing and keep within the spirit of the game.

"You can choose your friends but you can't choose your family". It was so amusing - we were saying 'how do you not know who Peter Andre is?!'.

For us, it's really important that we cut out our errors.

First-choice scrumhalf Ben Youngs is now the latest player to join England's lengthy injury list, and in his absence, the battle between Danny Care and the experienced Gareth Davies should be a compelling one. How they react to a Wales side seething at his taunts will give an insight into how they respond to pressure. But Jones said 36-times capped Bath centre Joseph's sheer speed would provide Patchell with a tougher test.

Scotland, like England, like to attack from lineouts, but Wales disrupted their possession to reduce them to one move of note, which Scott Williams snuffed out.

Asked if it was insulting to question a Welsh team's bottle, the veteran lock was equally sanguine. If someone is unsure, particularly in professional sport, it is important we get clarity.

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Only former All Blacks coach Graham Henry, with a world record 103 Tests in charge of New Zealand, is ahead of Gatland overall in this respect. That's what you're made of.

Louis got this great opportunity through the Stonehenge School in Amesbury, where Louis is in year 8. Whether it's from your own camp or another you've got to answer those.

"It's amusing. Last week I was asked the question about being the underdog at home". It's amusing the focus has been on a lot of words rather than important 80 minutes tomorrow. For us, the main focus for every game is to win.

"The team is hugely excited about playing in front of 82,000 fans at Twickenham and we'll be well prepared and ready to go out there and beat Wales on Saturday".

He struggled to navigate into some better position throughout the 80 minutes as well and his performance was typical of Wales' all-round mediocre showing which cost them the game.

"They have the ability to have changes in crucial areas and the strength in depth when people come in to be able to fill the void and continue in a similar vein. He made the decision and we get on with it".

It is building up to be some game.

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