Six Nations

England unchanged for Wales clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has named an unchanged side for what could be a decisive Six Nations clash against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Jones has opted to stick with the same side which beat Ireland last time out, with fit-again centre Manu Tuilagi poised to make his first international appearance since 2014 after being named among the replacements.

Hooker Luke Cowan-Dickie will also start on the bench after Jamie George was ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a ruptured bicep tendon.

Second-row forward Maro Itoje retains his place in the starting line-up, with Joe Launchbury named among the replacements after recovering from injury.

Prop Kieran Brookes is preferred to Paul Hill on the bench as leaders England attempt to maintain their 100 per cent record by beating second-placed Wales to move just one victory away from winning the Grand Slam. 

Jones said: "We've picked our best 23 to get the job done on Saturday. The squad have prepared well this week and I'm happy with how things have progressed."

He added: "There is a huge amount to play for on Saturday and we are looking forward to being back at home in front of a vocal Twickenham crowd."


England team to face Ireland: Mike Brown, Anthony Watson, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Jack Nowell, George Ford, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley, Dan Cole, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Chris Robshaw, James Haskell, Billy Vunipola.

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Mako Vunipola, Kieran Brookes, Joe Launchbury, Jack Clifford, Danny Care, Manu Tuilagi, Elliot Daly.