February 8, 2018 / 10:04 AM / 6 months ago

Rugby - Care set to break record as England make two changes to face Wales

LONDON (Reuters) - England coach Eddie Jones on Thursday made two changes to his side to play Wales in the Six Nations on Saturday, with Danny Care set to become England’s most capped scrumhalf and Jonathan Joseph drafted in at centre.

Rugby Union - England Training - Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Britain - February 7, 2018 England's Danny Care during training Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

Care will beat Matt Dawson’s record by winning his 78th cap at Twickenham.

He replaces Ben Youngs, who will miss the rest of the championship after suffering knee ligament damage just nine minutes into last Sunday’s 46-15 victory over Italy.

Joseph, who came on as a replacement in Rome, is rewarded for the impact he made in England’s winning start to their Six Nations campaign. He takes the place of Ben Teo’o, who drops to the bench.

Care’s understudy will be 34-year-old Richard Wigglesworth, who will become the second oldest scrumhalf in England history if he comes on as a replacement for his first international appearance since the 2015 World Cup.

Rugby Union - England Training - Pennyhill Park, Bagshot, Britain - February 7, 2018 England head coach Eddie Jones during training Action Images via Reuters/Paul Childs

“Danny Care very much deserves the honour of being the most capped England scrum half and I am sure he’ll make the most of his opportunity on Saturday,” said Jones in a media statement.

The coach is due to address a news conference later on Thursday.

England have won five of their last six meetings against Wales, who beat Scotland 34-7 in their Six Nations opener.

Team:

15-Mike Brown, 14-Anthony Watson, 13-Jonathan Joseph, 12-Owen Farrell, 11-Jonny May, 10-George Ford, 9-Danny Care, 8-Sam Simmonds, 7-Chris Robshaw, 6-Courtney Lawes, 5-Maro Itoje, 4-Joe Launchbury, 3-Dan Cole, 2-Dylan Hartley (capt), 1-Mako Vunipola

Replacements: 16-Jamie George, 17-Alec Hepburn, 18-Harry Williams, 19-George Kruis, 20-Sam Underhill, 21-Richard Wigglesworth, 22-Ben Te’o, 23- Jack Nowell.

Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Amlan Chakraborty and Toby Davis

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