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Jones piles pressure on 'third-choice' Patchell

Alun Wyn Jones, played with Maro Itoje during last summer's Lions tour Alun Wyn Jones bottom played with Maro Itoje during last summer’s Lions tour
Kristopher Love | 09 February, 2018, 02:07

England have been preparing for the Six Nations showdown against Wales on Saturday with a training drill created to combat the tactic of stripping the ball in contact, with Eddie Jones highlighting Scott Williams as a key threat.

Gatland coached the last two Lions tours, to Australia in 2013 and his native New Zealand in 2017, but says the Australian Jones is the best man to handle the next one.

In the only other change to the starting XV, Jonathan Joseph comes in for Ben Te'o at outside centre.

Robinson identified the ruck as key to Wales' hopes of victory at Twickenham, commenting: "If any team wants to play a quick game, it's the breakdown".

FILE - This is a Saturday, March 11, 2017 file photo of England's Jonathan Joseph as he celebrates after scoring his second try during the Six Nations rugby union global between England and Scotland at Twickenham stadium in London. He's a young guy, he's inexperienced and he's their third choice 10. "Now they have expectation, and they have to cope with that expectation", Jones told BBC Sport. "He's got to cope with the expectation of playing well", the Australian said. He's got to get the ball wide and that's going to be a big job for him.

Wales opened up their championship with an impressive 34-7 victory over Scotland in Cardiff last week, and are unchanged heading to Twickenham. "But it's going to be different on Saturday".

"We have made one change on the bench, with George coming in for Owen (Watkin), which is tough on Owen but Josh (Adams) picked up a slight strain last weekend, so George provides us a bit more cover there". He said: "Any player wearing the No10 jersey is going to come under pressure so nothing is different there".

As such, Jones oversaw the training exercise at Bagshot during which his players broke off into pairs and grappled for control of the ball - and he urged them to "imagine it's Scott Williams - every time he sees the ball he tries to rip it out".

"They are playing in front of 82,000 people at Twickenham, they are playing against a side that loves to play at Twickenham. We've been on the same page and we were quietly confident going into the Scotland game, then we produced the goods", said Davies, who is starting in the absence of the injured Rhys Webb.

Richard Wigglesworth was subsequently added to the squad and is named among the replacements as Care prepares to overtake Matt Dawson with his 78th England appearance.