Wales head coach Gatland recalls Davies and Jones as North returns to wing ahead of Six Nations clash against England

By Rob Wildman

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Wales have recalled Lions Jonathan Davies and Alun Wyn Jones to face England on Sunday at Twickenham.

Head coach Warren Gatland confirmed his selection on Wednesday morning and called upon his Six Nations champions to ‘raise’ their performance again following the win over France.

Davies, the centre who was injured in the November Tests against South Africa, partners Jamie Roberts in a return to the strong midfield which helped the Lions to victory over Australia.

Lynchpin: Wales have recalled centre Jonathan Davies for Sunday's crucial match against England

Lynchpin: Wales have recalled centre Jonathan Davies for Sunday's crucial match against England

Captain fantastic: Wales flanker Sam Warburton leads his players through a training drill on Wednesday

Captain fantastic: Wales flanker Sam Warburton leads his players through a training drill on Wednesday

George North returns to the wing after playing at centre against France. Wing Liam Williams is on the substitutes’ bench.

Jones, who missed the game against France because of a leg infection, takes over from Jake Ball who is also on the bench.

Gatland said: ‘It’s great to have both Jon and Alun-Wyn back and available, and they come into a very experienced side.

‘Jon came through the match well at the weekend (against Munster) and he is ready to go.

'He has been training really hard and he is a world-class player, so it wasn't difficult for us to make that call.

'Jonathan has been doing a lot of training in the last five weeks. He has probably been doing too much really. In terms of being fit, he is really sharp at the moment.'

Key man: Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny will be hoping to put the boot into England on Sunday

Key man: Wales full-back Leigh Halfpenny will be hoping to put the boot into England on Sunday

Dangerous: George North will return to the wing for Wales' Six Nations match against England at Twickenham

Dangerous: George North will return to the wing for Wales' Six Nations match against England at Twickenham

Selected: Head coach Warren Gatland has recalled Jonathan Davies to the squad

Selected: Head coach Warren Gatland has recalled Jonathan Davies to the squad

Big win: Wales will be hoping to build on their impressive 27-6 Six Nations victory against France

Big win: Wales will be hoping to build on their impressive 27-6 Six Nations victory against France

Ready: North in action during a Wales training session ahead of the England clash

Ready: North in action during a Wales training session ahead of the England clash

‘We were happy with the response and performance against France, but we know we will have to raise it another level on Sunday.

‘We are really looking forward to going up to Twickenham. England have performed well so far, and it is set up to be a great game with all to play for.’

Rhys Webb retains scrum-half duties ahead of Mike Phillips after impressing on his first Wales start when France were crushed 27-6.

'I don't think it would be fair to drop Rhys after the way he played against France and that performance,' Gatland said.

'That was a reward for a really good display by him, but also a really good display by the team.'

Wales team to face England

Halfpenny (Blues), Cuthbert (Blues), Davies (Scarlets), Roberts (Racing Metro), North (Northampton); Priestland (Scarlets), Webb (Ospreys); Jenkins (Blues), Hibbard (Ospreys), A Jones (Ospreys),  Charteris (Perpignan), A W Jones (Ospreys), Lydiate (Racing Metro), Warburton (Blues, capt), Faletau (Dragons).

Substitutes: Owens (Scarlets), James (Bath), R Jones (Scarlets), Ball (Scarlets), Tipuric (Ospreys), Phillips (Racing Metro), Biggar (Ospreys), Williams (Scarlets).


Tough test: Gatland has called for his Wales team to raise their game for the visit to Twickenham

Tough test: Gatland has called for his Wales team to raise their game for the visit to Twickenham

Well done: Gethin Jenkins (R) shakes hands with Justin Tipuric after Wales beat France in February

Well done: Gethin Jenkins (R) shakes hands with Justin Tipuric after Wales beat France in February

 

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Isn't it funny how everyone finds it incredible that Priestland retains his place!? I'm really happy with the team but Priestland really could prove to be the weak link... I hope I'm wrong!

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Rugby,call that a sport,jeez.Tell that to Dan Marino.

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plonker, you are in the wrong country matey boy

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And that's why rugby is a massively popular sport played in many many countries and American football as never really made it out of the US.

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Agree with all the calls except number ten. Priestland for me is not an international ten. Personally I'd prefer to see Hook starting at ten , ( he was mom at HQ in 2008,) with Biggar on the bench. How Hook is excluded totally is beyond me. Biggar will be on sooner rather than later that's for sure.

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Great to see Jon back - great player. Come on lads

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Dai peter, you couldn't smash the top of a rice pudding!

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Still Priestland...????? Well, at least he didn't kick away possession against France like he did almost every time he got the ball against Ireland.

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Come on England - smash them!

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Bore off

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Priestland must know some dodgy stuff about Gatland to keep getting the nod. I'm glad Jake Ball kept his place in the match day squad at least. However, I don't know what Samson Lee has to do to get in ahead of Rhodri Jones on the bench. Lee has been massive for the Sgarlets this season and last weekend won man of the match in their win against what was not far off a full strength Munster side. Lee also dominated the Ospreys front row (which included Hibbard and Adam Jones) twice over the Christmas period, and destroyed Marler in the recent Heineken Cup game. Some of Gatland's selctions can be frustrating.

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David, maybe occasionally Gatland's selections can be odd, but having said that, he is the best coach Wales have had in a very long time. The record speaks for itself!

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Come on Boyo's, let's do it!!!

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