Eddie Jones recruits England legend ahead of Wales clash

Jonny Wilkinson offered kicking guidance to George Ford and.Owen Farrell as England put the finishing touches to preparations for Saturday’s Six Nations clash with Wales at Twickenham.

Dressed in a black tracksuit with orange boots, he watched and gave advice as Farrell and Ford practiced their kicking.

Wilkinson famously struck the extra-time drop goal that clinched a 20-17 victory over Australia in the 2003 final – the nation’s only World Cup triumph – and also started the global showpiece four years later.

The 40-year-old works with Eddie Jones’ squad on an consultancy basis, offering his technical expertise on kicking 

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England face Wales at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 7 March (KO 4.45pm, live on ITV), in their fourth match of the Championship.

The group includes Mark Wilson, who has yet to feature in this year’s competition, as well as Anthony Watson who has also not played for England since the Rugby World Cup.

Forwards

Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Tom Curry (Sale Sharks)
Ben Earl (Saracens)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Lewis Ludlam (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Will Stuart (Bath Rugby)
Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby)
Mark Wilson (Sale Sharks)

Backs
Elliot Daly (Saracens)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Leicester Tigers)
George Furbank (Northampton Saints)
Willi Heinz (Gloucester Rugby)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Jonny May (Leicester Tigers)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)

20 things you didn’t know about England’s 6 Nations squad

Twenty things you didn’t know about the England squad for the 2020 Six Nations… 

1. Owen Farrell was not at first registered as a Farrell, but took mum Colleen’s family name of O’Loughlin. The couple married in 1995, changing Owen’s surname to Farrell the following year.

2. Ellis Genge suffers from the disability Dyspraxia. The condition affects the use of muscles. Different types of dyspraxia can affect writing, speech and other movements involved in learning. Forever inspiring us, the prop has gone onto help kids going through the same tough problems.

3. Fly-half Jacob Umaga is the son of former Samoa back Mike Umaga and nephew of ex-All Black Tana Umaga.

4. Ben Youngs made his senior England debut as a substitute on the wing for the injured Ugo Monye in the Calcutta Cup match against Scotland on 13 March 2010

5. A talented all-round sportsman, Josh Hodge was part of the Preston North End academy from age seven and represented Great Britain at Under 21 level at the age of 15 in clay pigeon shooting. 

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