Eddie Jones Wants Roof Open For Wales Game - Twitter Reacts
- Author: Stacy Allen Feb 11, 2017,
Feb 11, 2017, 0:26
The only other change to the England starting XV that beat France 19-16 at Twickenham in the grand slam champions tournament opener is on the wing, with Jack Nowell replacing Jonny May after the latter was sin-binned against France.
Speaking in his press conference, the Australian stated: "We play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England". Why would Wales announce that North is fit to play, name him in their team, then draw question marks over his inclusion, before having him take part in the captain's run after Wales Online reported that the winger had been ruled out?
"It's just an unusual situation where the opposition decide, but that's the way it goes".
"When you've got Tipuric, Warburton, Moriarty, Faletau, the quality and experience in that back row will have a significant impact on the game", Howley said.
Even though England have a pretty good record at the Principality Stadium with five wins in 10 visits, their return with the roof closed drops to four lost and one won.
Coach Eddie Jones picked Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford and Nathan Hughes as the loose-forward trio, who have made just four global starts in the back row. "Jack has an excellent work-rate and he's a guy that carries through the line, which will be important for us".
Howley said: "Those two players will be given every opportunity to prove their fitness".
"That's the challenge for the two (props) that are starting on Saturday, that they start off in the same vein and don't hold anything back because we know we've got two good scrummagers on the bench as well". We are just waiting to see what they (England) say.
Clifford has only started one previous match for England, coincidentally against Wales last year, while the 23-year-old has not featured internationally since the summer tour of Australia.
"It is one of the greatest rugby countries in the world, so to play Wales in Cardiff with that sort of atmosphere is one of the great delights of rugby".
They'll be very keen to extend this run to 16 games when they face Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.
"They have got exciting backs". Maro Itoje (Saracens) 7. If they start throwing daffodils during the warm-up or make us stand out there for 15 minutes or close or open the roof, perhaps have an oscillating roof, what else could they do?
"We will be just fine".
Warburton is taking nothing for granted when it comes to England though, pointing out that famous win, but also reminding fans that Wales' record against England in the Six Nations isn't anything to write about.