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Mind games: Eddie Jones has upped the ante ahead of clash
Mind games: Eddie Jones has upped the ante ahead of clash

By Duncan Bech

Eddie Jones has vowed to ruin Warren Gatland's farewell party after claiming Wales could cave beneath the expectation surrounding tomorrow's Guinness Six Nations clash in Cardiff.

It is Gatland's final Championship match against England before stepping down after the World Cup and the Kiwi is among the contenders to replace Jones when he departs, potentially also after Japan 2019.

Wales are seeking a 12th successive victory that would set a new national record and have already been acclaimed the best Welsh side of all time by a mischievous Jones.

"As we know, the week's all been about Wales," said Jones ahead of the clash between the Six Nations' only unbeaten teams. "The Dragons are flying, so it should be interesting. They're up for winning 12 games in a row. It's Warren's last game as well before he takes over somewhere else.

"It's all about Wales, we are playing potentially the greatest team ever. Their players are full of emotion and it's the biggest game they are going to play in their lives.

"It's a big week for them and there's a lot of expectation. That expectation can either be some wind in their sails, or it can be a ball and chain. We'll find out on Saturday.

"They have a team they are so proud of and a coach they are so proud of. It's his last game. We are excited to be a part of that and spoil the party.

"I don't know about their camp. All I know is that there's a lot of talk coming out of it."

ENGLAND: E Daly (Wasps), J Nowell (Exeter Chiefs), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), M Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers), J May (Leicester Tigers), O Farrell (Saracens, capt), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers), B Moon (Exeter Chiefs), J George (Saracens), K Sinckler (Harlequins), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), G Kruis (Saracens), M Wilson (Newcastle Falcons), T Curry (Sale Sharks), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Replacements: L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), J Launchbury (Wasps), B Shields (Wasps), D Robson (Wasps), G Ford (Leicester Tigers), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby).

• England centre Manu Tuilagi is set for a shock switch to Top 14 giants Racing 92 next season on what looks to be a three-year deal worth up to £2.5m.

The 27-year-old, who has only played his club rugby for the Leicester Tigers during his professional career, looks set to leave Welford Road at the end of the season and move to the French capital.

Tuilagi has 31 caps for England and has also represented the British and Irish Lions on their 2013 tour to Australia.

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