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Neil Jenkins: Wales coach says discipline must be watertight against England in Six Nations

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins denies Eddie Jones’ claims they attempt to wind up the opposition; Jenkins: “I have no doubt there are going to be some altercations, but let’s hope they are disciplined ones and it’s not on our side, anyway.”

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Eddie Jones accused Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones of targeting some England players

Eddie Jones accused Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones of concentrating on some England gamers

Neil Jenkins says it’s important Wales maintain their discipline amid the “edge” and “confrontation” he expects in Saturday’s Six Nations sport against England.

England boss Eddie Jones stated he had warned his gamers in regards to the prospect of being focused with wind-ups by Wales skipper Alun Wyn Jones, who on England’s most up-to-date Cardiff go to two years in the past repeatedly niggled prop Kyle Sinckler.

Sinckler ultimately conceded two penalties in fast succession, resulting in a pivotal shift in momentum and his eventual substitution as Wales triumphed 21-13.

Speaking on Thursday, Jones stated: “At times, he [Alun Wyn Jones] has targeted players in our team. We’ve spoken about him and we understand what he will be trying to do. It’s just about making sure we maintain our composure and our control.”

Asked if Wales tried to wind up the opposition, Jenkins stated: “I do not suppose so.

You have got to have a disciplined edge. Any Wales-England game is huge. It’s what it is all about. It’s a game like no other.

Wales assistant coach Neil Jenkins

“The sport is the sport. Things are going to occur, folks get on edge, there are going to be confrontations. That’s the fact.

“There is going to be edge on Saturday, there is no doubting that, but the reality is we have got to keep our discipline as well, keep 15 players on the pitch, back our systems and not give England easy ins.

“I’ve little doubt there are going to be some altercations, however let’s hope they’re disciplined ones and it isn’t on our facet, anyway.

“You have got to have a disciplined edge. Any Wales-England game is huge. It’s what it is all about. It’s a game like no other.”

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Eddie Jones says England No 8 Billy Vunipola can use Virat Kohli for instance of overcoming a nasty run of kind after listening to an interview with the India cricket captain

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The Principality Stadium would usually be packed to capability for England’s go to however ongoing restrictions imply the fixture’s newest eagerly-awaited instalment will happen behind closed doorways.

“We understand what is going on in the world, and we see it as a duty that we turn up and perform tomorrow,” Jenkins added.

“We are going to do our utmost to try and win the game. If we come out on the wrong side, it won’t be through a lack of effort.

“The boys will be emptying the tank, as all of us will, attempting to make the nation pleased with us.”

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Owen Farrell says England are seeking a much-improved performance against Wales

Owen Farrell says England are seeking a much-improved performance against Wales

England captain Owen Farrell’s continued selection has been criticised in some quarters given his apparent lack of form.

But Jenkins, who has worked with Farrell on British and Irish Lions tours, said: “He is world class, full cease.

“He is a born winner. I am not too sure about form – he won two trophies in the autumn. He is an incredible rugby player.”

George North wins his 100th cap on Saturday

George North wins his one centesimal cap on Saturday

Victory for Wales would safe a Six Nations Triple Crown and symbolize a big achievement by head coach Wayne Pivac’s staff given they solely gained three Tests in complete final 12 months.

Amid the push for a notable success, considered one of Wales’ key gamers – centre George North – will grow to be the youngest participant in rugby union historical past to succeed in 100 caps for his or her nation, aged simply 28 years and 320 days.

North made his Test debut as a youngster in 2010 and he has gone on to attain 42 tries for Wales, with 21 of these in the Six Nations.

“He has just been incredible,” stated Jenkins. “It’s scary to think he is still only 28 and he has been going for 10 years since his two tries on debut against South Africa.

“He has been on the wing for an extended, very long time, and is now at centre and moved there for the latter phases of the autumn and this Six Nations. I’ve bought nothing however reward for George.

“He is a fantastic kid, a good person, and he has had an incredible career.”

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