Richard Wigglesworth set to be only change to England matchday squad
England are poised to name a matchday squad containing only one change for Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham.Richard Wigglesworth’s inclusion at the expense of knee-injury victim Ben Youngs is set to be the only adjustment to the 23 that overwhelmed Italy 46-15 at the Stadio Olimpico.Head coach Eddie Jones announces his …
England are poised to name a matchday squad containing only one change for Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham.
Richard Wigglesworth’s inclusion at the expense of knee-injury victim Ben Youngs is set to be the only adjustment to the 23 that overwhelmed Italy 46-15 at the Stadio Olimpico.
Head coach Eddie Jones announces his starting XV on Thursday morning with Danny Care expected to be given the number nine jersey in Youngs’ absence.
Of the 25 players retained for final preparations at England’s Surrey training base, wing Denny Solomona and number eight Zach Mercer appear most likely to provide additional cover as reserves.
The only outstanding issue in selection following the seven-try rout of Italy is at outside centre where Ben Te’o and Jonathan Joseph are competing to start.
Te’o was given the nod in Rome and began strongly before fading as he made his first appearance since mid-October having recovered from ankle surgery.
Joseph made an impact when he came on and Jones may revert to his strongest XV against Wales, who thumped Scotland 34-7 in their round-one encounter.
Warren Gatland said on Tuesday that expects Jospeh to be restored for the eagerly awaited renewal of the Anglo-Welsh rivalry.
England 25-man squad:
Back three: M Brown (Harlequins), J May (Leicester Tigers), D Solomona (Sale Sharks), A Watson (Bath Rugby)
Inside backs: D Care (Harlequins), O Farrell (Saracens), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), B Te’o (Worcester Warriors), R Wigglesworth (Saracens).
Back five: M Itoje (Saracens), G Kruis (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), J Launchbury (Wasps), Z Mercer (Bath Rugby), C Robshaw (Harlequins), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs), S Underhill (Bath Rugby).
Front row: D Cole (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens), D Hartley (Northampton Saints), A Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs), M Vunipola (Saracens), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs).