Nations: Expansive Wales can cause England problems - Robinson

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Gatland suggested his English counterpart would do a great job as the next British and Irish Lions coach earlier in the week and that a 3-0 whitewash would be expected in South Africa and it's all a bit of paper talk that'll be forgotten once the game is done and dusted. Whether Wales can cope is another issue.

England coach Eddie Jones has backed Jonathan Joseph to make life tough for Wales fly-half Rhys Patchell after recalling the centre for Saturday's Six Nations clash at Twickenham.

The Exeter forward, who has scored 10 tries in 11 Premiership and European Champions Cup starts this season, added two more for his country, showcasing speed rather than power. "There are a few threats we've got to be looking at handling, but it's still about ourselves as well".

Jones has transformed the dispirited squad he inherited from Stuart Lancaster in November 2015, following a forgettable home Rugby World Cup, into a winning machine.

Much has been made about the injuries which have weakened the squad in the build-up to the tournament but there seems little wrong with the strength in depth at Jones' disposal.

"They played well but it's going to be different on Saturday", Jones says of Wales.

Watson has an excellent record against Wales with a try in his last two appearances against them and three in four matches.

Wales' win against Scotland came despite a mounting injury list, and Jones recognised Warren Gatland's side will have a different mindset.

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The tightness on that occasion was typical of their recent encounters.

Eddie Jones has questioned whether Rhys Patchell has the "bottle" for the Six Nations.

Both sides head into the match off the back of productive opening victories, with England beating Italy and Wales seeing off Scotland.

"For us it's about highlighting their key players and we would be silly not to think they have those sort of personnel. We're inside the tent and we need to deal with what goes on inside the white lines". "That's borrowed from another sport and I really hope World Rugby don't allow that to creep into the game", Jones said.

"Every time Rhys Patchell looks up, he's going to see Jonathan Joseph in his vision - it's not a great sight", Jones said, before attempting to heap more pressure on the No. 10. He is going to be under expectation to play it wide.

However, the 29-year-old - one of Wales' most experienced players - was confirmed as an absentee for the England game just over an hour before kick-off on Saturday, with a foot infection the reported reason for his withdrawal. 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 previous year.

He said: "Young guys like Patchell with boys like (Sam) Simmonds and (Chris) Robshaw and (Owen) Farrell running at him, it will be one hell of an experience for the kid".