James Haskell not ready to start in Six Nations clash with Wales

Eddie Jones' men opened their RBS 6 Nations title defence with a 15th successive victory when they toppled France at Twickenham, but a more daunting assignment is due against Wales this weekend.

Jones's predecessor Stuart Lancaster opted to play Welsh favourite Hymns and Arias over loudspeakers at training in a bid to acclimatise his players to the expected raucous atmosphere prior to England's 21-16 success there in 2015.

That scenario would mean England's trio would possess only four global back-row starts between them, a paltry number compared to the 147 held by Wales' Sam Warburton, Justin Tipuric and Toby Faletau.

Wales scored 30 unanswered points in the second half in Rome to beat Italy 33-7 in the opening weekend with Jonathan Davies, Liam Williams and George North all crossing.

"When we went there and lost the Grand Slam, we were a bit wet behind the ears in terms of what to expect", said Haskell. The beer is the same, the pies are the same, the seats are the same, the grass is the same. There is a certain story people like to paint when you are playing Wales.

'We want that sort of attitude that it doesn't matter what happens.

They really prioritise that match because everyone just wants to beat England.

"I'm just disappointed by the way I coached the team and I didn't sleep because I was thinking about what we could have done better".

In the past England have faced several intimidation "tactics" from Wales, but Jones is not too anxious.

The England coach will name his team on Thursday but has already suggested there will not be many changes and said James Haskell, so effective as a late replacement against France, will again start on the bench as he builds towards match fitness after his lengthy layoff following toe surgery.

"It's a fair judgement to compare them to the All Blacks right now - that's how good they are". If they start throwing daffodils during the warm-up or make us stand out there for 15 minutes then we can cope with all that'.

"Defensively we need to get in better spaces so we can get off the line better and put teams under pressure", the 23-year-old added. "All we are concerned about is that we control them during the game".

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