Published: Tue, August 20, 2019
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England's McConnochie to miss Wales clash with muscle strain

England's McConnochie to miss Wales clash with muscle strain

It's nice to be where we are but hopefully we can continue the run.

The All Blacks had held the spot for nearly a decade - reaching the pinnacle in the standings in November 2009 - and their 36-0 demolition of Australia earlier on Saturday suggests that Wales' stay at the top might be a short one.

England coach Eddie Jones had said on Friday that McConnochie's injury was a different one to the previous week.

"When the World Cup is done and dusted no one will remember or care about the result of these warm-up games", Woodward, who led England to World Cup glory in 2003, wrote in a column for the Daily Mail.

"It was a flawless World Cup prep game up for us, absolutely ideal, " Jones said. We found out a little bit about ourselves.

England's New Zealand-born halfback Willi Heinz clears the ball under pressure from Wales lock Jake Ball.

Wales have ended the All Blacks' near-decade long reign as the world's No.1 ranked Test rugby nation just a month out from the World Cup. England's set-piece is their strength and their driving line-out. But their loss to England meant in this week's reverse fixture both England and Wales could have taken over the top spot.

Josh Adams made a break before possession found its way to Biggar, whose clever kick was caught by an unmarked North on the wing Watson would have been defending, before he touched down and claimed his 38th Wales try.

Gatland didn't place too much stock in the rankings, as he like Hansen prepares his side for the Rugby World Cup.

The All Blacks were far more impressive hours earlier in their own 36-0 rebound win over Australia in Auckland, but Wales coach Warren Gatland was rapt that his players delivered the response he demanded after being humbled last weekend. Wales great JJ Williams cast doubt during the week on Wales being able to win the World Cup with Biggar starting at No 10.

"Special thanks to JJ Williams for his comments this week, it's been really motivating", said Biggar. Biggar was replaced five minutes from time with a stinger to his arm and a tight groin. "We're making sure we're ready for that".

England return home to face Ireland next weekend, while Wales heads to Turkey for another camp before another home-and-away series against Ireland.

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