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Danny Cipriani won't be involved on the field when England host Wales in the Six Nations Saturday but he will be an interested spectator of what promises to be a ferocious battle.

Before the Scotland clash, there were those who wondered whether they were capable of winning just a few matches, but that's all changed and Jones will be loving all the attention, which is doubtless unwanted, that Wales have been receiving. Rachael Burford (Harlequins Ladies, 77 caps); 11.

"He hasn't played much Test rugby at all".

Warren Gatland's side began their tournament with a 34-7 thrashing of Scotland and have named an unchanged side for their second game.

Across the park, regional partnerships and combinations are being transferred onto the worldwide stage and trusted to flourish in the Test arena, with Alun Wyn Jones providing the leadership from the engine room.

Sam Simmonds has certainly made the most of his opportunity and the Exeter forward capped his Six Nations debut with two tries in an eye-catching display of pace and athleticism.

England raced out of the blocks at Twickenham as May opened the scoring with less than three minutes gone following a pinpoint kick from Owen Farrell.

Care's reliable kicking and safe hands enabled Farrell and George Ford to play their naturally creative game easily alongside.

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But what has been said about the 24-year-old?

The Scarlets fly-half, who can also play at full-back, has been targeted by England head coach Eddie Jones in the pre-match build-up.

"I've not seen an exact transcription so I can't comment too much on the specifics but it was more important that World Rugby, when they were asked for clarification, came back and essentially said that they saw nothing untoward with what happened", said Wales captain Jones.

"He's a young guy, he's inexperienced and he's their third-choice No. 10". Their method was different, executing moves from set plays where George Ford and Owen Farrell exploited the 20-metre gap between defenders at lineouts to get the ball wide.

"Being an worldwide environment with world class coaches, world-class players, you're always going to develop as a player". He was armed with three second rows in Rome with Courtney Lawes playing on the blindside but Wales have a tall six in Aaron Shingler and their captain, Alun Wyn Jones, got to know the England forwards coach, Steve Borthwick, on the Lions tour to New Zealand a year ago.

"Patchell will have to find guys around him to help because he'll be under some heat".

"You get that habit by working harder than other teams".

The great thing about playing away in Italy or France is that they have great functions afterwards with lots of incredible food and facilities.

We have spoken this week about being clinical and taking our chances and having to step up from last week to improve again this week.

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