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Jones wants England to "spoil the party" ahead of crunch Wales clash

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Jones wants England to 'spoil the party' ahead of crunch Wales clash

Jones wants England to "spoil the party" ahead of crunch Wales clash

England head coach Eddie Jones has stoked the fires ahead of his side's crunch Six Nations clash with Wales as he urges his side to "spoil the party" in Cardiff.


Jones wants England to "spoil the party" ahead of crunch Wales clash


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, ON WALES, SAYING: "Look it's our next game, it's our most important game, it's the most important stadium we're going to go to.

So we're delighted to go there, we know Wales is a proud rugby country, they've got a team they're so proud of, they've got a coach they're so proud of, it's his (Warren Gatland) last game (in charge versus England).

So we're excited to be a part of that, and we'll spoil the party." 2.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, ON WALES, SAYING: "It's a big week for them, a lot of expectation.

And that expectation can either be some wind in their sails or a ball and chain, so we'll find out on Saturday." 4.


(SOUNDBITE) (English) ENGLAND HEAD COACH, EDDIE JONES, ON WALES, SAYING: "But as we know, the week's all been about Wales.

So the dragons are flying aren't they?" STORY: England head coach Eddie Jones wants his side to "spoil the party" in Cardiff ahead of their potentially decisive Six Nations match against Wales on Saturday (February 23).

Winger Jack Nowell and prop Ben Moon have been named in the starting 15, with Joe Cokanasiga and Brad Shields on the bench for the first time in the championship.

Nowell was dropped to the bench for the home win over France but with Chris Ashton out with a calf strain, the Exeter Chiefs player starts in the same back three as in the opening win in Dublin, with Jonny May on the left and Elliot Daly at fullback.

Fellow Exeter player Moon, who has impressed Jones since making his debut in November, is in for Mako Vunipola, who has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.

Leicester's Ellis Genge will provide a fiery option from the bench.

Prop Harry Williams also comes in to the replacements in place of Dan Cole.

After a year when Jones's selection appeared to lack much direction, albeit in the face of a long injury list, England are starting to look like a settled team, even in the absence of Vunipola and Maro Itoje.

With both teams having won their first two games, the Cardiff match (1645 GMT) already looks key to the title, particularly if England win it with home games against Italy and Scotland to come.

England have won their last five Six Nations games against the Welsh, but memories of their 2015 World Cup defeat at Twickenham and 30-3 humbling in Cardiff in 2013 when they were seeking a grand slam will keep their feet very much on the ground.

A home win would take Wales to a national record 12 successive victories, but with a final-day match against Ireland to come, there is still much to do if they are to win the championship for the first time since 2013.

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