England forwards chief Proudfoot says collisions key against Wales

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Publish Date : 2021-02-24 17:26:35

England forwards chief Proudfoot says collisions key against Wales

England forwards chief Proudfoot says 'collisions' key against Wales

England forwards coach Matt Proudfoot has warned his side to brace themselves for a bruising battle up front as he looks to improve his own record against Wales in Cardiff on Saturday.


Reigning Six Nations champions England know a second defeat of the tournament will all but end their hopes of a successful title defence following a shock opening loss at home to Scotland.

France and Wales are the only teams left in this year's edition who still have a chance of completing a Grand Slam, while a victory for the Welsh this weekend would see them to the Triple Crown following wins over Ireland and Scotland in the first two rounds.

Proudfoot, a member of South Africa's backroom staff before joining Eddie Jones' coaching team, is well aware of the difficulty facing England given his own poor record with the Springboks in Cardiff, for all the 2019 world champions beat Wales in a World Cup semi-final in Japan.


"What more do you say about Alun Wyn Jones? And Justin Tipuric is an exceptional rugby player," Proudfoot said on Wednesday.

"We understand the challenge. I have coached for four years against Wales and never beaten them (in Wales), so I understand how tough they are up front.

"With South Africa we went there four times and lost four times, so that's something that sits in the back of my head.


"I know how well our pack has got to play and how intense they have got to be in the collision area to keep our foot in the competition against Wales."

Both Jones and Wales counterpart Wayne Pivac are set to name their teams on Thursday.

 France may need to impose new local restrictions to deal with a worsening Covid-19 situation as it scrambles to avoid a new national lockdown, a government spokesman said Wednesday.


Infections have reached worrying levels in several parts of the country, spokesman Gabriel Attal told reporters after a weekly cabinet meeting.

The warning comes only days after the French Riviera was ordered into lockdown for the coming two weekends to contain Covid-19 which has been spreading faster in the tourist hotspot than elsewhere in France, and border controls were tightened.

Attal said similar moves could become necessary elsewhere because of “a worsening situation” that he said “requires rapid and strong measures”.

There are expectations that the northern coastal city of Dunkirk might be next on the list for fresh restrictions after the infection rate there went over 900 for 100,000 people, close to nine times the national average.

Health Minister Olivier Véran was expected to travel to Dunkirk later Wednesday.

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Around 10 of France’s 102 territorial areas known as departments were now in a “very worrying situation”, Attal said.

“We must continue all our efforts to avoid having to impose another national lockdown,” he said.

There was “obviously” no certainty that such a drastic measure could be avoided, he said, warning that the government would not hesitate to order such a move if it was deemed necessary.

Prime Minister Jean Castex will host a news conference to update the country on the Covid situation on Thursday, Attal said.

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