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LionsWatch: Nowell and Clifford called up for England

LionsWatch: Nowell and Clifford called up for England

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England side that will take on Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday in round two of the RBS 6 Nations.

Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we’re excited

Eddie Jones has made two changes to the England side that will take on Wales at the Principality Stadium on Saturday in round two of the RBS 6 Nations.

In come Jack Nowell and Jack Clifford to the starting XV from the side that left it late to come from behind and beat France on the opening weekend.

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Clifford comes into the back row in the place of Tom Wood – who moves to the bench – while Nowell starts on the right wing in the place of Jonny May.

British & Irish Lions Head Coach Warren Gatland will be in attendance in Cardiff on Friday night as he narrows down his selections for the Tour to New Zealand this summer.

And Jones – whose England side are yet to lose under his stewardship – is excited about what the two Jacks bring to his starting XV.

“Jack Nowell starts this week with Jonny May changing to a finisher. Jack has an excellent work-rate and he’s a guy that carries through the line which will be important for us,” he said.

“Jack Clifford also deserves his starting role. He is a hard-working, young player. He has got a good record against Wales, he had a superb game against them in May, he knows what he is going to expect from Wales and we’re looking forward to him making an impact to our back-row play. Tom Wood will also play his part later in the game off the bench as a finisher.”

England have won the last three clashes in this Championship with Wales but lost the all-important Pool game in the 2015 Rugby World Cup at Twickenham.
 

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But Jones is confident his side are ready to take on their old enemy once again.

“It’s been a great week of focused preparation and we can’t wait to play Wales,” he added.

“Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we’re excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.

“It’s a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do the fundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby. We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium.

“We don’t need extra motivation this week; we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England. Every game for us is important and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it’s the most important.”

England match-day 23 for the RBS 6 Nations game against Wales:
15. Mike Brown (Harlequins)
14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
12. Owen Farrell (Saracens)
11. Elliot Daly (Wasps)   
10. George Ford (Bath Rugby)
9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

1. Joe Marler (Harlequins)
2. Dylan Hartley (captain)
3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps)  
5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
6. Maro Itoje (Saracens)
7. Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps)

Replacements
16. Jamie George (Saracens)
17. Matt Mullan (Wasps)
18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints)
20. James Haskell (Wasps)
21. Danny Care (Harlequins)
22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
23. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
 

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