Jenkins ruled out but Wales unchanged for England clash


Wales head coach Warren Gatland has named an unchanged line-up for Saturday's Six Nations meeting with England, but Gethin Jenkins misses out due to a calf injury.

Prop Jenkins picked up the problem against France but has been unable to recover in time for the crunch match at Twickenham, with Paul James replacing him on the bench.

However, Wales have been boosted by the returns of Luke Charteris (knee) and Rhys Webb (foot) from injury, though the pair have only been named as replacements.

Gatland commented: "We've named a pretty experienced side for Saturday, no changes in the starting team, I thought they did pretty well against France and we are looking for them to do a job for us this weekend.

"We have a couple of guys back from injury on the bench, Luke Charteris, Paul James and Rhys Webb and that is a bonus.

"There is a huge amount to play for on Saturday and it will go a long way to deciding the Six Nations.

"It's great to have Rhys back in the squad. He has been training really hard and brings a lot of energy and experience to the team."

Gatland told WRU TV: "Gethin Jenkins' calf is almost right and we probably could have risked him which we did last week against France by putting him on after he pulled his calf in the warm-up before the game.

"He has been rested because he is not quite right and having Paul James coming back onto the bench gives us that experience."


Wales team to face England: Liam Williams, Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Gareth Davies; Rob Evans, Scott Baldwin, Samson Lee, Bradley Davies, Alun Wyn Jones, Dan Lydiate, Sam Warburton, Taulupe Faletau.

Replacements: Ken Owens, Paul James, Tomas Francis, Luke Charteris, Justin Tipuric, Rhys Webb, Rhys Priestland, Gareth Anscombe.