England team to play Wales: Eddie Jones makes two changes
Eddie Jones has named his England team to play Wales in the third round of the 2019 Guinness Six Nations.
Jones has made two changes to the starting XV following injuries to Chris Ashton (Sale Sharks) and Mako Vunipola (Saracens) with Exeter Chiefs pair Jack Nowell selected on the right wing and Ben Moon at loosehead prop.
Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby) and Brad Shields (Wasps) are included in the match day 23 for the first time this tournament while Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers) and Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs) are named as finishers.
Owen Farrell (Saracens) will captain England who have won their last five Six Nations matches against Wales.
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“England and Wales is always a big game,” said Jones.
“Intense rivals and there is the historical context to it, but for us it is our most important game because it is our next game and that is how we are treating it.
“As you have read in the media, 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. We have had a good week just focussing on ourselves and focussing on getting our preparation right.”
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England team to play Wales (509 caps)
15 Elliot Daly (Wasps, 27 caps), 14 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 31 caps), 13 Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs, 19 caps), 12 Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers, 29 caps), 11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers, 42 caps), 10 Owen Farrell (Saracens, 67 caps) (captain), 9 Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 82 caps), 1 Ben Moon (Exeter Chiefs, 5 caps), 2 Jamie George (Saracens, 34 caps), 3 Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 19 caps), 4 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 70 caps), 5 George Kruis (Saracens, 29 caps), 6 Mark Wilson (Newcastle Falcons, 10 caps), 7 Tom Curry (Sale Sharks, 7 caps), 8 Billy Vunipola (Saracens, 38 caps).
Finishers (147 caps)
16 Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs, 9 caps), 17 Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers, 6 caps) , 18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs, 16 caps), 19 Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 55 caps), 20 Brad Shields (Wasps, 5 caps), 21 Dan Robson (Wasps, 1 cap), 22 George Ford (Leicester Tigers, 53 caps), 23 Joe Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby, 2 caps).