Watson, Wilson return for England vs Wales

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England head coach Eddie Jones has recalled Anthony Watson and Mark Wilson into the starting lineup for the Six Nations clash against Wales at Twickenham on Saturday.

Both men will make their first appearances for England since the World Cup final against South Africa.

Jones has only made two changes from the starting XV that defeated Ireland with Watson replacing the injured Sam Underhill at openside flanker and Watson coming in for Jonathan Joseph on the wing.

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Watson returns from a calf injury and Wilson has recovered after a knee problem, while Jonathan Joseph, who started on the wing in the win over Ireland, drops out of the matchday squad.

Mako Vunipola has been ruled out of the match as precaution against coronavirus after he returned from Tonga via Hong Kong.

“We’ve had a really good two week preparation — a fallow week in Oxford where we had good training days last Thursday and Friday and three good training days this week culminating in a very good session Wednesday,” Jones said in a statement.

“Wales are a very tough, well-coached side and they’ve been building on their attack since Wayne Pivac has taken over.

“It’s always a tough game against Wales and we know they will bring that toughness to all the contest areas.

“We’re looking forward to playing at home again and getting back out in front of our fantastic fans.”

Sources have told ESPN that England’s clash with Italy next weekend has been postponed due to coronavirus with confirmation expected later today.

England starting XV to face Wales:

Elliot Daly, Anthony Watson, Manu Tuilagi, Owen Farrell (captain), Jonny May, George Ford, Ben Youngs; Joe Marler, Jamie George, Kyle Sinckler, Maro Itoje, George Kruis, Courtney Lawes, Mark Wilson, Tom Curry

Replacements: Luke Cowan-Dickie, Ellis Genge, Will Stuart, Joe Launchbury, Charlie Ewels, Ben Earl, Willi Heinz, Henry Slade

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