Te’o crashed over ten minutes from England vs Wales Live time after smart work from Danny Care and Owen Farrell opened up a gap in the French defence.But they should not be underestimated, with fresh blood coming into interim boss Rob Howley’s set-up and an old face as new captain in Alun Wyn Jones, who replaces Sam Warburton.Jones has over 100 caps for Wales and has been seen as the perfect replacement for Cardiff Blues flanker Warburton, who faces competition in the back row.
There is big experience in the squad, with Taulupe Faletau, Dan Biggar, Jamie Roberts, George North and Leigh Halfpenny adding hundreds of caps’ worth of experience.While seven uncapped players, including Leicester fly-half Owen Williams, Thomas Young and Ashton Hewitt, are all fighting for their first appearances.Alun Wyn Jones comes in as full-time captain for Wales this season, replacing Sam Warburton, who has largely been seen off his best form since the last Rugby World Cup.Jones brings 105 caps’ worth of experience to the Welsh second row and was also the victorious skipper as the British and Irish Lions won their previous three-test series in Australia in 2013.
The Ospreys lock is one of the elder-statesmen of the Welsh game and has earned himself a reputation as one of the toughest names in world rugby.Don’t be surprised if Warren Gatland names him as British and Irish Lions captain should he have a good tournament this year.The fact that the Leicester fly-half has not had a single cap in red will surprise many England vs Wales Live Stream Tigers fans, who have been watching him grow with each season.But the 24-year-old needs to add more consistency to his game to dislodge Dan Biggar at No10.He will surely face a battle with favoured Osprey Sam Davies if he wants to get game-time should Bigger pick up a knock.
Ralph Adams-Hale (Saracens), Charlie Capps (Yorkshire Carnegie), Paolo Odogwu (Sale Sharks), and Ali Crossdale (Saracens) have all made way, but it was not all bad news for the Red Rose as experienced Under-20s Six Nations players Jake Pope (Sale Sharks) and Dominic Morris (Saracens) come into the squad.Tom Parton (London Irish) and Alex Seville (Gloucester Rugby) complete the lineup, and joined the rest of the group for a training camp in Loughborough as the team prepare to face France Under-20 at Exeter’s Sandy Park on Saturday 4 February.The EPS includes five players who have featured in the Aviva Premiership this season while ten of the squad have already been capped at this level.
Elliot Daly has been named on the left wing for the opening match of England’s Six Nations title defence against France on Saturday.Jack Nowell was expected to fill the position but missed Tuesday’s training sessions due to personal reasons. He returned home and was only back in camp on Thursday, resulting in his selection on the bench for the visit of Guy Noves’s men to Twickenham.Maro Itoje will make his first start at blindside flanker, replacing shoulder-injury victim Chris Robshaw, while Joe Marler completes a remarkable recovery from a fractured leg to take his place at loosehead prop.
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The last of the four changes in personnel to the starting XV that toppled Australia in the climax to the autumn sees Joe Launchbury reinstated to the second row after George Kruis was struck down by a potentially Six Nations-ending knee problem.Former Wales captain Sam Warburton will start at blindside flanker in Sunday’s clash against Italy.Justin Tipuric retains the No 7 shirt, with Gloucester’s Ross Moriarty completing the back-row and Scarlets lock Jake Ball chosen as new skipper Alun Wyn Jones’ second-row partner.Elsewhere, scrum-half Rhys Webb is recalled after missing most of Wales’ autumn Test series this season through injury, with Scarlets pair Scott Williams and Jonathan Davies teaming up in midfield and 86 times-capped Jamie Roberts named on the bench.
Interim head coach Rob Howley’s team for Rome also includes Ospreys loosehead prop Nicky Smith, who takes over from an injured Gethin Jenkins, but uncapped flankers Thomas Young and Olly Cracknell have missed out making the match-day 23.Bath forwards Taulupe Faletau and Luke Charteris both miss the Stadio Olimpico encounter Wales vs England Live due to injury.In case you missed it, Telfer, the former Scotland and British and Irish Lions coach, opened hostilities by describing Jones as “a bit like Donald Trump”, wanting to be “the big man” and exhibiting “a disappointing lack of respect” for the opposition.Twickenham, Telfer added, was an unattractive “concrete jungle”, filled with fans who have “bags of money” and look down their noses at their “pleb” visitors.
For all their injury woes – no Vunipola brothers, no Chris Robshaw, stalwarts of the Grand Slam campaign – England do not seem to miss a beat in being able to summon someone of comparable stature.Launchbury for Kruis? What is there to distinguish between them in terms of stature on the pitch itself? Of course, there are technical details, even significant ones such as Kruis being the master of the lineout, but what you lose in one area, you gain in another be it Launchbury’s power in the ball-carry or work round the field.England do have strength in depth although even those reserves are being tested. Eddie Jones cannot afford too many more, although he will point to the fact that in losing Kruis from the fray, he has gained two other proven sharp-end performers in prop Joe Marler and flanker James Haskell, who is on the bench.
Clermont Auvergne centre and playmaker Fofana will miss the whole Six Nations after rupturing his Achilles tendon during a European Champions Cup game against Exeter 11 days ago.The Toulon fly-half is recovering from a broken arm suffered in November, and it is thought he could be available later in Les Blues’ Six Nations campaign.Talisman fly-half Sexton, who has had his share of injury problems in recent seasons, misses Ireland’s Six Nations opener against Scotland due to calf muscle trouble.
All-action Munster flanker O’Mahony is part of Ireland’s supremely-competitive back-row mix, but a hamstring problem has ruled him out of contention for Saturday’s trip to Murrayfield.Bath No 8 Faletau is currently fighting back to fitness from his second knee injury this term. He will not be involved against Italy on Sunday, but he could be in England vs Wales Live the selection mix when Wales face England next week.Powerful scrummager Nel will miss the entire Six Nations due to a neck injury that has seen him undergo surgery. It is not known at this stage if he will play again this season. [Source]