Jones keeps faith in England stars

25 February 2021 22:57:26 GMTPlus10
Hooker Jamie George will start for England against Wales.

Hooker Jamie George returns to the England side for Saturday's Six Nations showdown against Wales with coach Eddie Jones promising "the best is yet to come" from his team.

George comes in for Luke Cowan-Dickie in one of two changes from the England XV who thrashed Italy 41-18 at Twickenham two weeks ago.

Flanker Mark Wilson replaces the injured Courtney Lawes for Saturday's trip to Cardiff as defending champions England aim to get back on track following a shock opening defeat to Scotland.

That selection means Jones continues to show loyalty to a number of players who have yet to light up this year's championship.

Several England stars – among them skipper Owen Farrell – were criticised for their displays in the 11-6 loss to Scotland at Twickenham.

Even their six-try demolition of the Italians last time out was not entirely convincing and number eight Billy Vunipola admitted afterwards that some of his recent performances have been "rubbish".

England know they will have to improve against Wales, who are unbeaten after a couple of gritty wins against Ireland and Scotland.

"The best is yet to come from this England team," Jones told reporters. "We know we'll be up against a strong Welsh challenge on Saturday, but we've worked really hard in training this week and have got a very good team to face it."

Lawes is thought to have picked up an injury in Wednesday's training session, opening the door for Wilson's return, while uncapped Leicester teenager George Martin takes the place of the injured Jack Willis on the bench.

England are 4/9 to win in Cardiff where hosts Wales are 7/4.

The Red Rose are 100/1 to retain their Six Nations title.

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