Published: Sun, February 12, 2017
Sport | By Desiree Waters

Jack Clifford and Jack Nowell start for England against Wales

Jack Clifford and Jack Nowell start for England against Wales

There were two switches in the England side following a tense battle against France, as wing Jack Nowell replaced Jonny May and Harlequins flanker Jack Clifford took over from Tom Wood.

England extended their winning run to 16 Tests as wing Elliot Daly's late try clinched a dramatic RBS 6 Nations victory over Wales in Cardiff.

With the news that Taulupe Faletau is fit for selection having been out injured since Christmas, Wales could field an all-Lions back row of him, former captain Sam Warburton and Justin Tipuric, boasting more than 180 caps between them.

Dan Biggar then intercepted as England pummelled the Welsh line as the home side looked to secure a famous win. But Rob Howley's side will have to play with the roof open after England decided against shutting it.

Jones took the blame for what he said was England's "awful" performance against France, where the bench played a key role in preserving his ideal record as Red Rose boss.

England had trailed for much of the game and were 16-13 going into the final stages, however, they showed great character to win the match in what was a classic Test in Wales.

"We don't need extra motivation this week - we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England".

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"There is a lot more set-play work, so the detail of individual coaching is very interesting for us because it is something we're looking at in football".

They hoped to make England freeze, but Chris Robshaw got into a standoff with officials and refused to leave the tunnel until Wales came out at the same time.

"It wasn't a pleasant one (dressing room) to be in after the game, but you have to bottle that feeling as a player and coach and try rectify that last 10 minutes where we went wrong". They're things you can't control.

The Welsh will also rival England's strength in depth.

Victory for England would make it their ninth Six Nations win in a row, equaling their longest ever streak since Italy joined the competition (nine wins, 2002-2004). The latter are on offer at 10/11 getting a five-point start on the handicap, with the visitors 9/2 to come out on top by a margin of 1-5 points.

These are the players England have available at present and the high tempo of the game last night didn't suit them but they dug deep and found a way of keeping in the battle which can be said of England generally at times. "We will take huge belief from this". When Wales had a chance to clear their lines, Jonathan Davies failed to find touch, clearing into the hands of George Ford; from there, England moved the ball wide to Daly, who surged into the corner to put England ahead with just four minutes left.

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