So far, Eddie Jones’ England have been doing a steady, if unspectacular job, this is the team I think should take to the field against Wales this weekend:

1- Joe Marler

Mako Vunipola may offer more around the park but to combat wales’s powerful scrum England need their best loosehead on the pitch from the start

2- Dylan Hartley

England’s captain has done a solid job so far, the set piece has been England’s best aspect so far and he hasn’t got into any trouble yet so should start

3- Dan Cole

Has started to recover his form that saw him become one of the best tight heads in the world, with Paul Hill inexperienced and no other players pushing, the only logical choice to start

4- Maro Itoje

Excellent on his debut against Italy and stepped it up on his first start against Ireland. Athletic, strong, bags of potential and could follow in the footsteps of Martin Johnson as Paul Gustard said

5- George Kruis

The Saracens lock has taken his opportunity in an England shirt and has been outstanding at line out time so far


6- Chris Robshaw

Starting to enjoy himself now he’s playing without the weight of captaincy, high work rate and delivered a beautiful floating pass for watson’s try against Ireland

7- Jack Clifford

The Quins man has the extra pace needed in this back row to help keep Sam warburton quiet at the breakdown, with him, Itoje and Cole all working hard, the lack of a traditional openside could be hidden

8- Billy Vunipola

Phenomenal under his new coach, seems to have grown in stature since being given the vice captaincy, man of the match against Ireland full deserved

9- Danny Care

Provides the high tempo passing that will be important to beat wales’s notoriously  strong defence

10- Owen Farrell

Tough on George Ford here but Farrell has been playing brilliantly and I had to find a place for him in this team


11- Jack Nowell

Excellent all round player, strong in defence to stop the Welsh giants Cuthbert and North.

12- Manu Tuilagi

I would only keep Tuilagi on for the first 60 minutes to prevent Jamie Roberts from getting Wales on the front foot

13- Jonathan Joseph

Whilst he hasn’t quite hit the heights of last year, played brilliantly in the Italy game and has been consistent this year

14- Anthony Watson

Electric in attack and solid in defence, aerial game has improved to so really has to play

15- Mike Brown

A strong runner and excellent under the high ball, will be needed to counteract the strong running and garryowens of Biggar and Liam Williams

16- Jamie George

17- Mako Vunipola

18- Paul Hill

19- Joe launchbury

20- Matt Kvesic

21- Ben Youngs

22- George Ford

23- Elliot Daly