England will look to use Jonathan Joseph to unsettle Rhys Patchell

8 February 2018, 11:56

England will look to use Jonathan Joseph to unsettle Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell in their Six Nations clash at Twickenham on Saturday.

England have made just two changes to their starting XV, with scrum-half Danny Care coming in for the injured Ben Youngs and centre Joseph replacing Ben Te'o, who moves onto the bench.

Eddie Jones revealed that he has a 'gut feeling' about Joseph and that his defensive qualities could unsettle the Wales No 10.

"It's just my gut feeling that he (Joseph) will start the game well against Wales," said Jones at the England press conference.

"JJ has got great experience, he is fast and a great defensive player. Every time Patchell looks up, he is going to see JJ in his vision - that is not a great sight.

"Wales have to get the ball wide and Patchell hasn't played much Test match rugby. He's a young guy, he's inexperienced and is their third-choice 10.

"He's got to get the ball wide and that's going to be a big job. It will be different to playing against Scotland.

"Scotland couldn't cope with the expectation and now he's got to cope with the expectation of playing well.

"Patchell will have to find guys around him to help because he'll be under some heat.

"Wales played really well against Scotland but it's going to be different on Saturday - they had no expectation on them last Saturday but this week they come full of expectation."

Jones also said that he was happy with Te'o and expected him to come off the bench and make an impact.

"We were very happy with Benny Te'o last week - he played really well for us," added Jones.

"It was his second game back and in my experience with players, their second game back from a long injury is always the most difficult game. So we will use him off the bench this week - we will use him as a finisher."

At scrum-half, Care will start against Wales in place of the injured Youngs, while Richard Wigglesworth looks set to win his first cap since 2015 if he comes off the bench.

"Richard Wigglesworth has been magnificent - truly professional," added Jones.

"He is 34, trains like a 24-year-old and speaks like a 55-year-old. He is really handy - a great addition to the squad."