George Ford and Joe Marler set to play out of position against Wales

England head coach is set to experiment with his side by playing George Ford and Joe Marler out of position against Wales in Cardiff this weekend.

Fly-half Ford is set to fill in at scrum-half, while Marler, who usually scrums down at loose-head, will offer front-row cover on the right of the pack.

“We’d like to take three in every specialist [position], but that would leave us short in other positions, so we’ve decided to go with two there at scrum-half and two at tight-head,” said Jones.


“There are risks involved in it, but there are risks involved in other positions as well. We’ve got contingency in George Ford, who has played a little bit at half-back. 

“He’s been doing some training there and he’ll continue to do that.

“Joe Marler prepared for the 2015 World Cup as a third tight-head and we’ve done some preliminary work with him. He’s definitely strong enough to play there.”

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