Courtney Lawes has warned Wales that England will be “hunting” them at Twickenham when the two sides clash in the Six Nations on Saturday.
Eddie Jones has already stoked the fires ahead of the game, accusing Wales captain Alun Wyn Jones of not respecting referees and questioning fly-half Rhys Patchell’s ‘bottle’.
England lock Lawes has adopted the same feisty tone as his coach, saying: “We’re hunting Wales this week. It honestly doesn’t matter who is running down my channel or who is in front of me,
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“I’m there to do my job and make an effective tackle. But I’m not going to fly out of the line and try to make a difference myself. That’s not what the team needs from me.
“We’re going to get off the line and hunt Wales as a team. We have prepared very diligently and we know their key men and the people we need to keep an eye on.
“They have great players throughout their team and it is on us to be able to contain them and put pressure back on them.”
Lawes also had words for Patchell, who is generally considered to be Wales’s third-choice fly-half, but impressed in their 34-7 win over Scotland.
Lawes said: “Patchell’s a good player. He’s quick and he’s got some skills, but as a team we’ll put him under pressure and make it very difficult for him.”