Welshman George North tries against Ireland. He will do his 100th cap today. Photo: Rebecca Naden / Reuters
Welsh assistant coach Neil Jenkins has stressed the need for watertight discipline in the face of the « edge » and « confrontation » he is facing in today’s Guinness Six Nations fight England awaiting.
England boss Eddie Jones said he had warned his players about the prospect of joining Welsh skipper Alun Wyn Jones, who repeatedly cheated on support Kyle Sinckler on England’s recent visit to Cardiff two years ago Settlements to be targeted.
Sinckler eventually received two penalties in quick succession, which resulted in a crucial shift in momentum and eventual substitution as Wales triumphed 21-13.
Jones said: « Sometimes he (Alun Wyn Jones) targeted players on our team. We’ve talked about him and we understand what he’s going to try. It’s just about making sure we keep our composure and control. «
» The game is the game. Things will happen, people get nervous, there will be confrontations. That is the reality.
« Tomorrow there will be an advantage, no doubt about it, but in In reality we also have to maintain our discipline, keep 15 players on the field, support our systems and not give England easy ins.
« I have no doubt that there will be some fights, but let’s hope they are disciplined and it’s not on our side anyway.
« You must have a disciplined advantage. Every game between Wales and England is huge. It’s all about this. It’s a game like no other. «
The Principality Stadium is usually full for England to visit, but the ongoing restrictions mean that the final highly anticipated episode of the game will take place behind closed doors.
» We understand what is going on in the world and we make it our duty to show up and perform tomorrow, « added Jenkins.
» We’ll do our best to win the game. If we come out on the wrong side, it will not due to lack of effort.
« The boys will empty the tank tomorrow, as we all do, to make the nation proud of ourselves. »
The continued selection of English captain Owen Farrell was due in some areas criticized his apparent formlessness.
But Jenkins, who has worked with Farrell on UK and Irish Lions tours, added, « He’s world class, period.
» He’s a born winner. I’m in shape I’m not sure – he won two trophies in the fall. He’s an amazing rugby player. “
A win for Wales would secure a six-nation triple crown and would be a significant achievement for head coach Wayne Pivac’s team as they only won three Tests in total last year.
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And amid the pursuit of remarkable success, one of Wales’ key players – center George North – will become the youngest player in rugby union history to make 100 caps for his country at just 28 years and 320 days North made his testing debut as a teenager in 2010, scoring 42 tries for Wales, including 21 in the Six Nations. « He was just amazing, » said Jenkins. « It’s scary to think that he’s only 28 years old and has been with him for 10 years since his two debut attempts against South Africa. »
« He’s been on the wing for a long, long time and is now in the middle and has made himself. » for the final stages of fall and these Six Nations moved there. I have nothing but praise for George.
WALES – L Williams (scarlet); L. Rees-Zammit (Gloucester), G. North (Ospreys), J. Davies (Scarlets), J. Adams (Cardiff Blues); D. Biggar (Northampton), K. Hardy (Scarlets); W. Jones (Scarlet), K. Owens (Scarlet), T. Francis (Exeter), A. Bart (Osprey), AW Jones (Osprey, Capt), J. Navidi (Cardiff Blues), J. Tipuric (Osprey) , T. Faletau (Bath). Substitutions: E. Dee (dragon), R. Jones (osprey), L. Brown (dragon), C. Hill (Cardiff Blues), J. Botham (Cardiff Blues), G. Davies (Scarlets), C. Sheedy ( Bristol), W. Halaholo (Cardiff) Blues).
ENGLAND – E Daly (Saracens); A Watson (Bad), H Slade (Exeter), O Farrell (Saracen Capt), J May (Gloucester); G Ford (Leicester), B Youngs (Leicester); M. Vunipola (Saracens), J. George (Saracens), K. Sinckler (Bristol), M. Itoje (Saracens), J. Hill (Exeter), M. Wilson (Newcastle), T. Curry (Sale Sharks), B. Vunipola (Saracens). Substitutions: L. Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), E. Genge (Leicester), W. Stuart (Bad), C. Ewels (Bad), G. Martin (Leicester), B. Earl (Bristol), D. Robson ( Wasps), M. Malins (Bristol)).
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