Jones set to target Wales rookie Patchell

Lynette Rowe
February 9, 2018

"I don't think they've lost at Twickenham in a couple of years (their last Six Nations loss was versus Wales in 2012)".

But Jones feels Patchell is one of a number of Wales players who could "struggle with the expectation". He is fast. Every time Patchell looks up he is going to see JJ in his vision, It's not a great sight.

Wales go into the match with a starting line-up featuring 10 players from in-form Pro14 side Scarlets. He's a young guy, he's inexperienced, and is their third-choice No. 10. He is going to be under expectation to play it wide. The decision to resist changes is a sensible one and underlines Gatland's confidence in his team after such a promising display against Scotland.

After starting the tournament with no expectations from the public, Wales head over the Severn Bridge with hopes suddenly high because of the manner of their victory against Scotland.

"Patchell will have to find guys around him to help because he'll be under some heat".

World Cup victor Robinson believes the visitors - who have named 10 Scarlets players in an unchanged starting XV - will give Eddie Jones' side plenty to think about, but he expects England to put up a sterner defence than Scotland could muster.

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Jones added: "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".

Wales are next up, Jones opting to keep the same back-row which started in Rome. So we've had 18 months to prepare for this turnaround. "We've had great preparation".

Patchell was influential in last weekend's 34-7 rout of Scotland in Cardiff, but injury-hit Wales were widely written off leading into that match and Jones insists England at Twickenham are a different proposition.

"We were very happy with Te'o last week, but it's also his second game back and, in my experience with players in their second game back from a long injury, it's always the most hard game". The 82,000 is like our 24th man. "But it's going to be different on Saturday".

Care starts at scrum-half in the absence of Ben Youngs, who suffered a season-ending knee injury last weekend, and will earn his 78th cap - overtaking Matt Dawson in the process. Wigglesworth will have to wait for his worldwide return though, with Danny Care being named in the starting line-up.

"Danny Care very much deserves the honour of being the most capped England scrum-half and I am sure he'll make the most of his opportunity on Saturday", Jones said.

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