England set for 'best Wales side ever' – Jones

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Coach Eddie Jones says England are set to face the ‘greatest Wales side ever’ in their next Six Nations match.

England overwhelmed France 44-8 on Sunday to maintain their perfect start to the Six Nations and face Wales in Cardiff on 23 February.

Wales won their 11th successive Test by beating Italy on Saturday, equalling a century-old national record.

“We are playing the greatest Welsh side ever. That’s what we are hearing, we’ll take it at face value,” said Jones.

“It’s going to fun.”

Wales recovered from 16-0 down to beat France in their opening match and coach Warren Gatland promised his team would be “a lot better” than they showed in their 26-15 win away to Italy on Saturday.

“A lot of people will write us off, which is a good position to be in. Hopefully we’ll go under the radar,” Gatland added after the win in Rome.

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With a rest weekend meaning there is a fortnight’s wait until the match, England scrum-half Ben Youngs said he would revel in the pre-match build-up.

“It’s going to be great. Whenever England and Wales meet each other, it is fantastic and now it has a bit added to it,” said the Leicester scrum-half.

“I’ll embrace a bit of the hype and ignore a little bit depending on whether it’s good or bad.

“I’m sure Warren Gatland and Eddie Jones will speak about it but I’ve just got to focus on trying to play.”

England have won on their last two visits to the Millennium Stadium, with 21-16 victories in 2015 and 2017.

However, Wales have won 36 of their 64 home matches against England and went 13 home Tests undefeated against their rivals between 1963 and 1991.

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England wing Jonny May played down his first-half hat-trick of tries that paved the way to a 40-8 win over France on Sunday.

“I really am just getting on the back of excellent work from everybody else, and what I’m doing is just as important as what everyone else is doing. It’s just a cog in the wheel,” he said.

The 28-year-old has scored 22 tries in 42 Tests, putting him ahead of Josh Lewsey and seventh on England’s all-time try-scorer list.

Only Rory Underwood (49) Will Greenwood, Ben Cohen (both 31), Jeremy Guscott (30), Jason Robinson (28) and Dan Luger (24) have more.

“I think one day I will reflect and enjoy these things but I won’t get ahead of myself,” he added.

“Anybody who plays for England is lucky enough to be born with some kind of talent but it’s about hard work too.”

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