Wales vs England team announcement: Eddie Jones names team to play Wales in Cardiff

  • Harlequins’ Jack Clifford will make just his second start for England
  • The 23-year-old replaces Tom Wood on the open-side flank
  • Jack Nowell comes in for Jonny May on the wing
Eddie Jones has named his side for England’s RBS 6 Nations game against Wales at Principality Stadium on Saturday (kick-off 4.50pm, BBC One).

There are two changes to the England starting XV that defeated France 19-16 at Twickenham Stadium last weekend. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs) starts on the right wing with Jack Clifford (Harlequins) named at flanker to win his ninth cap.


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Tom Wood (Northampton Saints) and Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby) are included as finishers in an otherwise unchanged bench.

“It’s been a great week of focused preparation and we can’t wait to play Wales,” said England head coach Jones.


Jones described Saturday’s match against Wales as one of the “biggest” in world rugby as his side look to continue their unbeaten run under his guidance.

“Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we’re excited,” he said. “These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.

“We don’t need extra motivation this week; we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England. Every game for us is important and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it’s the most important.”

England match-day 23 for the RBS 6 Nations game against Wales
15. Mike Brown (vice captain, Harlequins, 56 caps), 14. Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs, 19 caps), 13. Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby, 30 caps), 12. Owen Farrell (vice captain, Saracens, 48 caps), 11. Elliot Daly (Wasps, 9 caps), 10. George Ford (Bath Rugby, 31 caps), 9. Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers, 66 caps), 1. Joe Marler (Harlequins, 47 caps), 2. Dylan Hartley (captain, Northampton Saints, 80 caps), 3. Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers, 70 caps), 4. Joe Launchbury (Wasps, 38 caps) , 5. Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints, 54 caps), 6. Maro Itoje (Saracens, 8 caps), 7. Jack Clifford (Harlequins, 8 caps), 8. Nathan Hughes (Wasps, 4 caps).
Replacements: 16. Jamie George (Saracens, 13 caps), 17. Matt Mullan (Wasps, 14 caps), 18. Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins, 4 caps), 19. Tom Wood (Northampton Saints, 46 caps), 20. James Haskell (Wasps, 71 caps), 21. Danny Care (Harlequins, 67 caps), 22. Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors, 4 caps), 23. Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby, 23 caps).
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