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Wales recall Jones to face England

13/02/2009 07:11:19 AM Comments (0)

Wales recalled captain Ryan Jones for Saturday's Six Nations match against England in the only change to the team that beat Scotland in the opening round.

Jones was selected at blindside flanker on Thursday, replacing Dafydd Jones after recovering from injury.

But coach Warren Gatland could have to make at least one more change if star winger Shane Williams fails to recover from an ankle injury that forced him to miss training on Thursday.

Williams, who has scored 45 tries in 62 Tests, was named on the wing but will be assessed on Friday before a decision is made on whether to replace him with Mark Jones - who is not in the squad but is available after recovering from appendix surgery.

No.8 Andy Powell also withdrew from training with a calf injury and will get more time to recover before the team is confirmed.

The wealth of Wales' attacking options in the backs, though, is illustrated by the fact that Tom Shanklin's good performance alongside Jamie Roberts last week means that centre Gavin Henson could be left out to continue his recovery from a calf injury.

Henson was originally selected to face Scotland, but withdrew two days before the match.

Wales: Lee Byrne; Leigh Halfpenny, Tom Shanklin, Jamie Roberts, Shane Williams; Stephen Jones, Michael Phillips; Andy Powell, Martyn Williams, Ryan Jones (capt); Alun-Wyn Jones, Ian Gough; Adam Jones, Matthew Rees, Gethin Jenkins. Res: Huw Bennett, John Yapp, Luke Charteris, Dafydd Jones, Dwayne Peel, James Hook, Andrew Bishop

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