In a story posted on the Planetrugby website it appears that England have been warned by Phil Vickery ahead of Saturday’s RBS 6 Nations opener when he described Wales’ front row as “the best in world rugby.”
It appears that England will face Wales with two far less experienced props than their counterparts. With Vickery and Andrew Sheridan out injured, the only two capped props in England’s squad are Wasps loose-head Tim Payne, with 15 international appearances behind him, and Bath tight-head David Wilson, who has just four.
Martin Johnson will announce his squad to play Wales on Tuesday and it is certain that one of Matt Mullan and Dan Cole – both highly-promising props but rookies at international level – will be included.
Wales will be arriving at Twickenham with the experienced front row of Adam Jones, Matthew Rees and Gethin Jenkins. They boast a combined total of 162 caps – the same unit that scrummed so strongly in the 2nd test of the Lions tour against the Springboks.
Vickery played with all three Welsh players scrummagers on that Lions tour and he regards them as the strongest unit in world rugby.
“Gethin, Adam and Reesy are the best front row in the competition, if not the best front row in world rugby,” said Vickery.
It is expected that, for the first time in many years, Wales will look at England’s front row as an area to exploit!
[ Information included from a story on Planetrugby.com]