Warren Gatland names unchanged facet as Wales put together to face England


Wales have refused to be drawn into any verbal jousting after England boss Eddie Jones ramped up Saturday's Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

Eddie Jones also rounded on Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell, who made his first Test start as fly-half in the Scotland game, by questioning whether he had "the bottle" for what awaits at Twickenham.

Alun Wyn Jones stood in front of Russell to prevent him from converting Peter Horne's late try while the TMO was reviewing the score.

Six Nations 2018 Rhys Patchell
GETTYRhys Patchell started his career at Cardiff before moving to Scarlets

Patchell was influential in last weekend's 34-7 rout of Scotland in Cardiff, but injury-hit Wales were widely written off leading into that match and Jones insists England at Twickenham are a different proposition.

It is an untimely headache for Gatland on a day when Alun Wyn Jones greeted the England head coach's attempts to rile Wales before their trip to Twickenham with a pinch of salt and a healthy dose of humour. "I think by going for the Wales job you put yourself under a lot of pressure with the media, because I'd say they're even more ruthless towards the Wales coaches than the England coaches - unless you're Stuart Lancaster". "So we've got to start well and it's important we try and contain the English as much as we can". It's going to be different than playing against Scotland.

He added: "From people you speak to, it's his man-management within that group and once you get in, the confidence he gives the group of players and they've obviously gone on and won the last two Six Nations".

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"It's not great for the game and I've said something to World Rugby about it, I feel that strongly. England have been in great form the last couple of years so we know the challenge we face but we have had a good couple of weeks in camp". "He's quick and he's got some skills but as a team we'll put him under pressure and make it very hard for him". 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.

While the resounding manner of Wales' victory over Scotland caught all by surprise, England's 46-15 triumph over Italy was the minimum expected from a side seeking its third consecutive Six Nations title.

With Alun Wyn Jones designated for media duties this afternoon, it was inevitable that he was going to be asked about Eddie Jones comments in relation to both himself and Rhys Patchell. Garces won't tolerate that sort of stuff.

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"I know that England are a powerful team, but it's not a case that we're running out of steam, I just think we need to be more accurate with what we do with the ball", he said. So that's to help them.

"It's been brilliant and one hell of a journey and I want to get 78 more if I can because I love playing for England".

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