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World England's Lawes out of Wales Six Nations clash

14:06  25 february  2021
14:06  25 february  2021 Source:   afp.com

Lawes ruled out England's Six Nations campaign with pectoral injury

  Lawes ruled out England's Six Nations campaign with pectoral injury Northampton said Lawes will undergo surgery and he faces an approximate 12-week recovery period. Whether it affects his Lions squad selection hopes to face South Africa remains to be seen.The Northampton forward, who has won 87 caps, was hurt during England training last week.

England suffered a blow ahead of their Six Nations clash with Wales on Saturday after Courtney Lawes was ruled out through injury.

Courtney Lawes wearing a uniform: Courtney Lawes has been ruled out of England's Six Nations match against Wales © Adam Davy Courtney Lawes has been ruled out of England's Six Nations match against Wales

Lawes was set to continue at blindside flanker in Cardiff but suffered an unspecified injury during training on Wednesday.

Eddie Jones, the England coach, is set to provide more details during a news conference later Thursday.

Lawes' place in the back-row has been taken by Mark Wilson, who returns after being dropped for the defending champions' second-round win over Italy.

The only other change to that XV is the recall of hooker Jamie George in place of Luke Cowan-Dickie.

Pivac eager for England exam as Wales eye Triple Crown

  Pivac eager for England exam as Wales eye Triple Crown Wales coach Wayne Pivac has insisted England "remain the team to beat" as his side head into Saturday's clash against the Six Nations champions in Cardiff on the brink of a Triple Crown. "It (Saturday's match) is his 146th Test (for Wales) so he knows what he's doing," said England coach Jones of the Welsh skipper. "At times he has targeted players in our team. We understand what he'll be trying to do. "It's just about making sure we maintain our composure and our control. I'm sure Alun Wyn Jones is going to be looking for those situations and we're going to have to deal with them.

Victory for Wales, who are due to name their team later on Thursday, would seal the Triple Crown and leave them on course for the Grand Slam.

"Wales is a really special fixture and rivalry," said Jones in a Rugby Football Union statement. "There is a long history between the two nations and the game means a lot to both countries."

The Australian added: "We know we'll be up against a strong Welsh challenge on Saturday, but we've worked really hard in training this week and have got a very good team to face it.

"We want to show people what we are capable of, keep building our performances and the best is yet to come from this England team."

England (15-1)

Elliot Daly; Anthony Watson, Henry Slade, Owen Farrell (capt), Jonny May; George Ford, Ben Youngs; Billy Vunipola, Tom Curry, Mark Wilson; Jonny Hill, Maro Itoje; Kyle Sinckler, Jamie George, Mako Vunipola

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Charlie Ewels, George Martin, Ben Earl, Dan Robson, Max Malins

Coach: Eddie Jones (AUS)

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