Six Nations: Gethin Jenkins will captain Wales in title decider against England

Last Updated: 14/03/13 4:39pm

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Gethin Jenkins: Takes over as captain from injured team-mate Ryan Jones

Gethin Jenkins: Takes over as captain from injured team-mate Ryan Jones

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Gethin Jenkins has been passed fit to captain Wales in their Six Nations title showdown with England in Cardiff on Saturday.

The Toulon prop had been struggling with a calf injury, but he has been given the all-clear to lead Wales out at the Millennium Stadium as he makes his 98th international appearance.

"The players have worked very hard to put themselves in this position for Saturday, with three hard-fought victories on the road."
Rob Howley

Bath prop Paul James drops to the bench to accomodate Jenkins, who takes over the captaincy from Ryan Jones after the flanker suffered a broken bone in his shoulder during last week's win over Scotland.

Jones is replaced in the back-row by Justin Tipuiric, with former skipper Sam Warburton switching to the No 6 shirt as Rob Howley opted against reinstating him as captain.

Howley has also made two changes among his replacements, with James ousting Ryan Bevington and flanker Aaron Shingler taking Tipuric's place on the bench.

The reigning champions have not won a Test at the Millennium Stadium this season, but they must beat England by at least eight points to be certain of retaining their crown this weekend.

Howley said: "The players have worked very hard to put themselves in this position for Saturday, with three hard-fought victories on the road.

"Gethin comes back in and will captain the side. His leadership will be invaluable.

"Saturday is a big finale for the tournament, but we have a very experienced squad that has been in this position before and that has played in big games. That will be important, come kick-off."

Wales team: Halfpenny, Cuthbert, J Davies, Roberts, North, Biggar, Phillips; Jenkins, Hibbard, A Jones, A-W Jones, Evans, Warburton, Tipuric, Faletau.

Replacements: Owens, James, Andrews, Coombs, Shingler, L Williams, Hook, S Williams.

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