Clifford and Nowell start for England

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England have made two changes for Saturday’s trip to Wales with Jack Clifford and Jack Nowell both starting.

Clifford comes in at openside in place of Tom Wood while Nowell replaces Jonny May on the right wing. Wood drops to the bench, replacing Teimana Harrison, with May also named among the replacements.

It is just Clifford’s second start for England and his first in the Six Nations. He joins Nathan Hughes and Maro Itoje in England’s back-row while the rest of the team remains the same from their opening round win over France.

“It’s been a great week of focused preparation and we can’t wait to play Wales,” said Jones. “Playing Wales in Cardiff is one of the biggest games in world rugby and we’re excited. These are the games you want to be part of as a player and a coach.

“It’s a game that is going to be decided on the basics of the game. You do the fundamentals of the game well and you win the game of rugby. We have a young team eager to play well at the great Principality Stadium.

“Jack Nowell starts this week with Jonny May changing to a finisher. Jack has an excellent work-rate and he’s a guy that carries through the line which will be important for us.

“Jack Clifford also deserves his starting role. He is a hard-working, young player. He has got a good record against Wales, he had a superb game against them in May, he knows what he is going to expect from Wales and we’re looking forward to him making an impact to our back-row play. Tom Wood will also play his part later in the game off the bench as a finisher.

“We don’t need extra motivation this week; we play Test rugby because we want to be the best for England. Every game for us is important and our supporters, and Wales is our next game so it’s the most important.”

England: Mike Brown, Jack Nowell, Jonathan Joseph, Owen Farrell, Elliot Daly, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Dylan Hartley (captain), Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Courtney Lawes, Maro Itoje, Jack Clifford, Nathan Hughes

Replacements: Jamie George, Matt Mullan, Kyle Sinckler, Tom Wood, James Haskell, Danny Care, Ben Te’o, Jonny May

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