Jones questions Welsh pressure

21 February 2019 16:57:55 UK
Jack Nowell

England head coach Eddie Jones says that the pressure is all on Wales ahead of the big Six Nations clash between the teams on Saturday.

After two games of the tournament so far England sit top of the table, two points ahead of Wales after bonus point wins over Ireland and France.

Their players are full of emotion and it's the biggest game they are going to play in their lives.

Eddie Jones

However, Warren Gatland's side have won their first two matches too and are aiming for a 12th successive victory.

Their form has captured the media's attention and Jones questioned whether their players will be able to handle the pressure on Saturday.

The England coach said: "As you have read in the media, it's all about Wales, we are playing potentially the greatest team ever.

"Their players are full of emotion and it's the biggest game they are going to play in their lives.

"We have had a good week just focusing on ourselves and focusing on getting our preparation right."

England are 4/9 to win in Cardiff on Saturday with Wales 7/4.

Jones has named his team for Saturday's game with Jack Nowell coming in to replace Chris Ashton and Ben Moon replaces Mako Vunipola at loosehead.

Overall, in a World Cup year, Jones says that he is happy with the squad at his disposal and feels they are at least on their way towards becoming the best team in the world.

"We want to keep getting better," he added. "We're not happy with what we've done. We want to be the No 1 team in the world. That's our aim, we started that three years ago.

"We know we're a while from there but we're moving in the right direction."

England are 9/2 to win the World Cup in Japan later this year with Wales 7/1 and New Zealand 11/10.

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