Published: Sun, February 11, 2018
Markets | By Rosalie Gross

Six Nations preview: England v Wales

Six Nations preview: England v Wales

Rugby is a amusing game sometimes.

The introduction of George North, replacing Patchell, signalled that Wales were far from finished despite being a score adrift and much like they had towards the end of the opening 40 minutes they lay siege on the England line in the Twickenham twilight.

But each game is a learning curve.

"We have complete faith in Jerome Garces to ref the game against Wales and we have never had an issue with him". The focus falls on us now. "I am the one learning things from Eddie", he claimed.

The fly-half's failure to gather in Farrell's booming kick set the platform for the opening England try. "When we didn't it didn't go so well". You learn as much as you possibly can from everyone.

"I think the wording was something about not... grounding, but you can clearly see he gets his hand there first and it's grounded".

"It's human error, he makes a mistake, but as this level in front of 82,000 people when there's a lot at stake, guys have got to get those decisions right", Gatland said.

"We know how tough it is going to be against that huge English forward pack". Predominantly though our focus is on the next game. England, in contrast, use their props Mako Vunipola and Dan Cole to put pressure on support players at the breakdown, slowing down delivery and forcing penalties for holding on.

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"Danny is more of a running player, which means the kicking duties will be shared a bit more", said Jones of the Harlequins No9. It was so amusing - we were saying 'how do you not know who Peter Andre is?!'.

"They have come back with clarification that the referee was in constant communication with the TMO and so it's not an issue".

Regardless of the sport there is always a massive rivalry between England and Wales and women's rugby is certainly no different.

Louis and a group of boys (pictured below) went to Twickenham a year ago to design their own school rugby kit sponsored by the RFU. But we have the advantage of playing at the Stoop this weekend which really feels like playing at home.

Before the Scotland clash, there were those who wondered whether they were capable of winning just a few matches, but that's all changed and Jones will be loving all the attention, which is doubtless unwanted, that Wales have been receiving. He is the same height and weight as David Pocock, the Australia global who made his name as a number seven before being moved to number eight before the last World Cup to accommodate Michael Hooper.

"Being an global environment with world class coaches, world-class players, you're always going to develop as a player".

Five of the last seven Six Nations matches between these sides have been decided by the margin of a converted try or less, with the last three being won by England by five (twice) or four points.

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

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