Six Nations: Wales centre Jonathan Davies to start against England

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Jonathan Davies: Recovered from torn pectoral muscle

Jonathan Davies: Recovered from torn pectoral muscle

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Wales have confirmed that Jonathan Davies has been recalled to the starting line-up for Sunday's Six Nations showdown with England.

The centre returns after four months out of the side, while lock Alun Wyn Jones will also start at Twickenham having missed the victory over France due to a foot infection.

Wales feared that Davies would miss the entire Six Nations when he suffered a torn pectoral muscle in the autumn international against South Africa in November.

But he returned to action for the Scarlets in the LV= Cup clash with London Irish last month, and he played 65 minutes of Saturday's RaboDirect PRO12 victory over Munster.

Davies will resume his record midfield partnership with Jamie Roberts, while Jones has been passed fit to line-up alongside Luke Charteris behind an unchanged front three of Gethin Jenkins, Richard Hibbard and Adam Jones.

Experienced

The return of Davies allows George North to return to his favoured wing position, and head coach Warren Gatland has retained Rhys Webb at scrum-half ahead of the experienced Mike Phillips.

Webb impressed on his first international start against France last time out and will win his seventh cap at Twickenham, while Scarlets pair Liam Williams and Jake Ball drop to the bench to make way for Davies and Jones.

"It's great to have both Jon and Alun Wyn back and available and they come into a very experienced side," said Gatland.

"Jon came through the match well at the weekend and he is ready to go.

"We were happy with the response and performance against France but we know we will have to raise it another level on Sunday.

"We are really looking forward to going up to Twickenham, England have performed well so far and it's set up to be a great game with all to play for."

Gatland's line-up contains 11 of the team that ended England's Grand Slam hopes by a record 30-3 margin in Cardiff last season, with Webb, Charteris, fly-half Rhys Priestland and flanker Dan Lydiate the only players involved this time who did not start that game.

Wales team:

15 Leigh Halfpenny, 14 Alex Cuthbert, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 George North, 10 Rhys Priestland, 9 Rhys Webb; 1 Gethin Jenkins, 2 Richard Hibbard, 3 Adam Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 5 Alun Wyn Jones, 6 Dan Lydiate, 7 Sam Warburton, 8 Taulupe Faletau.


Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Paul James, 18 Rhodri Jones, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Justin Tipuric, 21 Mike Phillips, 22 Dan Biggar, 23 Liam Williams.

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