Published: Sat, February 10, 2018
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

England: Ben Te'o replaced by Jonathan Joseph for Wales clash

England: Ben Te'o replaced by Jonathan Joseph for Wales clash

England coach Eddie Jones says he has complained to World Rugby about the conduct of Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones before the two teams meet in Six Nations at Twickenham on Saturday.

Starting in place of injured flyhalves Dan Biggar and Rhys Priestland, Patchell was influential in Wales' 34-7 win over Scotland last week and kept his place as part of an unchanged Wales lineup for the trip to Twickenham.

"In all seriousness, I am very grateful he flagged it up - if someone is unsure, particularly in professional sport, it is important we get clarity".

England are on a mission to overtake New Zealand as world number one by the 2019 World Cup - they host the All Blacks in November - and Gatland said: "You can't argue with Eddie's ambition and their record in the past couple of seasons".

Having opened their Six Nations campaign with an emphatic victory over Scotland, Wales will be going all out to maintain momentum by getting one over the "old enemy" at headquarters. The standard of women's rugby has improved so much over recent years and gone are the days when you could just coast through games.

"Ultimately, as players, we are inside the tent and we have got to deal with that happens between the white lines".

"I thought that was right out of order. I'm going to go out there with a smile on my face and be a leader for the team".

Leigh Halfpenny has given Wales a late fitness scare ahead of their Six Nations clash with England after missing Friday's captain's run. There's quicker decisions from the referee to make. Even though this is just the second round, the victor of this game will be in a strong position to go on and challenge Ireland for this year's title.

Another French official in Jerome Garces will be in charge at Twickenham as England, fresh from a 46-15 win over Italy in Rome on Sunday, continue their bid to become the first side to win three successive outright Six Nations titles. "He's got plenty of big match experience, he knows how to handle interesting moments in games", Jones said.

Across the park, regional partnerships and combinations are being transferred onto the global stage and trusted to flourish in the Test arena, with Alun Wyn Jones providing the leadership from the engine room. "I had to ask the questions because there was a game in the autumn where had we reviewed the play, a try probably wouldn't have stood".

You have to look at France, they set the marker against Ireland [24-0] and Wales have got to be up there too. So that's to help them.

After starting the tournament with no expectations from the public, Wales head over the Severn Bridge with hopes suddenly high because of the manner of their victory against Scotland.

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