McConnochie set to make England debut

Adam Beard reflects on his first defeat in a Wales jersey with Ken Owens at Twickenham

Adam Beard reflects on his first defeat in a Wales jersey with Ken Owens at Twickenham

The Bath wing and sevens specialist was picked in the team to face the Grand Slam champions at Twickenham last weekend but was among a trio of late withdrawals due to injury.

The 27-year-old McConnochie will start in the No 14 jersey with Joe Cokanasiga shifting to the left wing, while Anthony Watson is left out of the match-day squad entirely.

Maro Itoje comes into the second row for Charlie Ewels, with Courtney Lawes replacing the injured Tom Curry at blindside flanker and Lewis Ludlam moving to openside.

George Ford was again named as captain with fly-half Owen Farrell on the bench.

Jones said: "Our selection strategy for our second game is similar to the first, so a bit of a mix-and-match approach".

"We've always been looking at him and seeing his potential".

Wales boss Warren Gatland has told his players they are under pressure to perform against World Cup warm-up opponents England on Saturday.

"The squad has been progressing well this week and I think there is a realisation among the squad now that the hard work really starts, nothing has been achieved".

Head coach Gatland said: "This weekend is another opportunity for us to take the field, test ourselves and continue our preparation for Japan".

"We were disappointed to get the loss last weekend, so it is important we step it up on Saturday and put in a big display in front a of a packed Principality Stadium".

England Team: E Daly (Saracens); R McConnochie (Bath Rugby), J Joseph (Bath Rugby), P Francis (Northampton), J Cokanasiga (Bath Rugby); G Ford (Leicester, capt), W Heinz (Gloucester); E Genge (Leicester), L Cowan-Dickie (Exeter), D Cole (Leicester), J Launchbury (Wasps), M Itoje (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton), L Ludlam (Northampton), B Vunipola (Saracens).

Subs: 16 Jamie George, 17 Joe Marler, 18 Kyle Sinckler, 19 George Kruis, 20 Jack Singleton, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Owen Farrell, 23 Manu Tuilagi. "The squad are looking forward to getting back out there, taking another step towards the World Cup and putting in a big performance".

And Cardiff Blues forward Josh Navidi is among the replacements, along with his Blues colleague and fly-half Jarrod Evans.

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