Wood gets all clear as England consider Wales changes

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Wales defence coach Shaun Edwards delivered the first press conference of the week ahead of the second round of the Six Nations, providing a mixed bag with regard to the injury status of some key figures.

England are now enjoying a 15-match winning streak under coach Eddie Jones after their narrow win over France at Twickenham during the Six Nations.

Faletau is a shoo-in for Wales when fully fit but Edwards believes the 26-year-old can add oomph off the bench. "They have good go forward, power runners to get over the advantage line, intelligent rugby players at 9, 10 and 12 and guys out wide with running ability.We had the best defence in the last two World Cups and we are slowly getting back to that".

Warburton admitted there are higher expectations to perform against England and likened the fixture to that of four years ago.

"England are deservedly tagged as the best team in the northern hemisphere".

"It's a fair judgment to compare them to the All Blacks right now - that's how good they are".

A rib injury for Biggar and a badly bruised thigh muscle for North cast their participation in Wales' massive clash with England into doubt. It is always a big scalp if you can beat England, because they are a great team. Rob Howley's men sit top of the competition table, and boast a 60 per cent win ratio over England in Cardiff.

England head for the Principality Stadium looking to extend their record unbeaten Test run to 16 matches after a training week which has seen back row forwards Tom Wood (shoulder) and Nathan Hughes (knee) miss sessions.

Edwards said: "I think it's just another way of Eddie throwing down a challenge to his players".

"If you're Scotland, it's England".

In their past three matches, England have had three yellow cards and one red, Elliot Daly's dismissal for a unsafe tackle against Argentina last autumn. "They have a lot of strength in depth, but a big part of winning a Six Nations is keeping 15 players on the pitch for all the games", said Edwards. If you're Ireland, it's England.

"It's smart coaching. Eddie is a clever bloke and you want characters in the game".

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