Jenkins to captain Wales

Prop Gethin Jenkins has been handed the Wales captaincy for Saturday's England clash.

The 32-year-old Toulon prop has recently recovered from a calf muscle injury to win his 98th cap.

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Jenkins and Tipuric return for Wales v England

Wales:

Leigh Halfpenny; Alex Cuthbert, Jonathan Davies, Jamie Roberts, George North, Dan Biggar, Mike Phillips; Gethin Jenkins (Capt), Richard Hibbard, Adam Jones, Alun Wyn Jones, Ian Evans, Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric, Toby Faletau.

Replacements:

Ken Owens, Paul James, Scott Andrews, Andrew Coombs, Aaron Shingler, Lloyd Williams, James Hook, Scott Williams

Six Nations: Gethin Jenkins to captain Wales against England

Gethin Jenkins Credit: David Davies/PA Wire

Prop Gethin Jenkins has been handed the Wales captaincy for Saturday's England clash.

The 32-year-old Toulon prop has recently recovered from a calf muscle injury to win his 98th cap. He will take the place of Paul James in the front-row.

Jenkins has been named captain following Ryan Jones' shoulder injury in last weekend's Scotland game.

Six Nations: England team named for Saturday's Wales match

Owen Farrell returns to the starting lineup Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

England team to play Wales:

Alex Goode, Chris Ashton, Manusamoa Tuilagi, Brad Barritt, Mike Brown, Owen Farrell, Ben Youngs, Joe Marler, Tom Youngs, Dan Cole, Joe Launchbury, Geoff Parling, Tom Croft, Chris Robshaw, Tom Wood.

Replacements:

Dylan Hartley, David Wilson, Mako Vunipola, Courtney Laws, James Haskell, Danny Care, Toby Flood, Billy Twelvetrees.

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Wales team for England clash to be named

Rob Howley
Interim Wales Head Coach Rob Howley will pick his team to face England Credit: Tim Ireland/PA Wire/Press Association Images

The Wales team to face England in Saturday's Six Nations decider will be announced this afternoon.

Interim Wales Head Coach Rob Howley will be without Ryan Jones, who broke a bone in his shoulder in the game against Scotland, and there is speculation over who will take on the captaincy.

Wales are hopeful Gethin Jenkins will be fit, after being sidelined by a calf injury.

Warburton could regain captaincy with Jones out

Sam Warburton (centre) could replace Jones (right) at blinside flanker and as captain. Credit: PA

Wales assistant coach Robin McBryde confirmed Ryan Jones will not be available for the clash with England, and said "it looks as though he will be out for six to eight weeks."

Jones himself tweeted to say he was "so so disappointed to not be involved on Saturday."

The flanker is one of three players to have won Grand Slams with Wales in 2005, 2008 and 2012 and has captained his country a record 32 times.

He took the armband again for last month's victory against France, with Sam Warburton out injured, but then kept it when the Blues man was available again for the wins over Italy and Scotland.

Today's news is likely to mean Warburton switches to the blindside, as he did at the weekend when Jones was forced off, with Osprey Justin Tipuric starting at openside flanker.

Warburton is also expected to regain the captaincy, although that has not been confirmed.

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