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Tigers trio named to face Wales

England head coach Eddie Jones has selected three Leicester Tigers players in his starting line-up for Saturday’s NatWest 6 Nations game against Wales at Twickenham (kick-off 4.45pm).

Dan Cole, George Ford and Jonny May all retain their places as England look to build on the 46-15 victory over Italy in Rome in Round One of the championship.

There are two changes to the starting XV. Danny Care comes in for Ben Youngs, who sustained a knee injury in the win in Italy.

Care will become England’s most capped scrum half (78), moving past 2003 Rugby World Cup winner Matt Dawson. Richard Wigglesworth has been named on the bench.

In the only other change to the starting XV, Jonathan Joseph comes in for Ben Te’o at outside centre.  

Jones said:  “The team is hugely excited about playing in front of 82,000 fans at Twickenham and we’ll be well prepared and ready to go out there and beat Wales on Saturday.

“We want to make sure our set piece is dominant, our defence is ferocious and that we are at our best against Wales this weekend."

England team to play Wales
15 Mike Brown (Harlequins 65 caps)
14 Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby 29 caps)
13 Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby 36 caps)
12 Owen Farrell (Saracens 54 caps)
11 Jonny May (Leicester Tigers 30 caps)
10 George Ford (Leicester Tigers 41 caps)
9 Danny Care (Harlequins 77 caps)
1 Mako Vunipola (Saracens 45 caps)
2 Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints 90 caps)
3 Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers 78 caps)
4 Joe Launchbury (Wasps 48 caps)
5 Maro Itoje (Saracens 15 caps)
6 Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints 62 caps)
7 Chris Robshaw (Harlequins 60 caps)
8 Sam Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs 4 caps)
 
Replacements
16 Jamie George (Saracens 21 caps)
17 Alec Hepburn (Exeter Chiefs 1 cap)
18 Harry Williams (Exeter Chiefs 6 caps)
19 George Kruis (Saracens 22 caps)
20 Sam Underhill (Bath Rugby 4 caps)
21 Richard Wigglesworth (Saracens 27 caps)
22 Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors 9 caps)
23 Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs 24 caps)